Gov Umo Eno Awards Contract for Mbiaso Bridge, Model Primary School

… Commissions Road Project in Obot Akara LGA

In a joyous twist of events, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno has awarded contracts for the construction of Mbiaso Bridge linking Ikot Ekpene and Obot Akara, as well as the transformation of St. Patrick’s Catholic School, Nto Ide to a model school.

Governor Eno made the pronouncement at the commissioning of 60-metre span Nto Ide-Ikot Amba bridge with 800-metre approach road in Obot Akara LGA.

The Governor who was recently in Obot Akara to flag off the construction of 11.71 km Abiakpo Ikot Otu-Atan Ibong-Usaka Annang Road and Nto Ndang-Nto Ekpu Road, with two bridges, each spanning 15 metres, expressed delight over the overwhelming jubilant crowd which always greets his visit to the area and assured that more projects will be flagged-off and commissioned in the area.

The compassionate Governor who appreciated the Head and other teachers of St Patrick’s Catholic School for their commitment to duties, especially for the brilliant and radiant looking pupils who came out to do a welcome song, directed his Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties, Barr. Morgan Ekanem to ensure total demolition of all structures in the school in two weeks and rebuild with full furnishing including perimeter fence, solar power, security gate, classrooms, computer science laboratory, staff quarters, school bus and more, in accordance with the ARISE School Model.

He noted that the government under his leadership is committed to improving the living condition of its citizenry in line with the ARISE Agenda.

Governor Eno who is a seasoned entrepreneur also directed the SSA on Entrepreneural Development, Mr. Ime Uwah and the leadership of the Ibom-LED to train 400 female youths from the different female youths organisation, and also to empower them with N750, 000 each as start-up grant.

He said he was touched by the commitment of the female youths who have been supportive since the campaigns and since the inception of his administration, stressing that he will commit to the improvement of their fortunes.

According to him, “Female youths hear me. I hate to finish and they do not have anything doing. We are going to train the next 400 from them. Everywhere we’ve been they’ve been with us and they deserve to be given a source of livelihood and so we will train and empower them.

“Because they are young girls, they might not have shops. So apart from the N500,000 empowerment to each of them, you’ll add N250,000 so that they can rent shops,” Governor Eno said.

He said the Nto Ide-Ikot Amba bridge was started by his predecessor, former Governor Udom Emmanuel, adding that he was committed to completing the projects of his predecessors, for the benefit of Akwa Ibom people.

He noted that rural development is central to the ARISE Agenda and his administration will continue to initiate policies and programmes that will impact on the rural dwellers.

The Governor maintained that transition Committee chairmen should further the ARISE Agenda in their various areas, adding that the call for these chairmen to submit reports is to know what they have done within six months of their appointment to ensure complementary operation and not project duplication.

In his remarks, Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Sir Monday Ebong Uko said thaf the carnival-like event was not enough to appreciate the Governor for linking them with neigbouring local governments, stressing that they will appreciate him better in 2027 with their votes.

Also speaking, the LG Transition Committee Chairman, Mr Anietie Ebritam said the commissioned project is a fulfilment of promise made to Obot Akara, adding, “Obot Akara is proud of you, because of your life- touching programmes in the State. You have opened up rural communities for socio economic development.”

Giving an insight on the project, the Commissioner for Works and Fire Service, Prof. Eno Ibanga said the project progressed from the 60 percent met by the current administration to 100 percent implementation in less than one year of the Pastor Umo Eno government, indicating that that the Governor who believes in continuity in governance, cares more about projects that impact on the people, than making a name for himself.

He said the project has 60m span reinforced concrete bridge piled to a depth of 23m and can carry 450 ton capacity, as well as 800m approach with drains, and assured that it will serve the state for a very long time.

Also speaking, the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Elder Aniekan Akpan described the Governor as a worthy ambassador of the party, especially for keeping to his campaign promises.

He appreciated the people of Obot Akara for their support and votes in the last election, adding that the large turn out is an indication that 2027 will be a work over for Pastor Umo Eno.

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