The ongoing remodeling project and urban beautification of Eket metropolis received a boost today, Wednesday, 24th March, 2016, as the Akwa Ibom State Government resumed payment of compensation to owners of property affected by the dualization of the Atabong road Eket.
While handing cheques to the recipients, the Honourable Commissioner for Works, Mr Ephraim Inyang-eyen, charged those affected to relocate within a week so as to give way for the properties to be demolished and for the contractors to immediately commence the out-drain-falls construction and the road proper.
He maintained that, Governor Udom Emmanuel has introduced transparency and integrity in the payment schedule and structure and assured that, nobody will be shortchanged in the process and nobody can fleece the State Government in the process.
The works Commissioner thanked the people of Eket for cooperating with government to achieve the planned beautification of the Eket Metropolis and maintained that the work will be done in good time.
It will be recalled that the first stream of the phased payment of compensation on the road project had been concluded by the state Government and work is at advanced stage in line with the Governor’s determination to revive road and social infrastructure in Eket and other parts of the state.
The recipients thanked the state government for the kind gesture and pledged full cooperation with the Ministry of works and the construction company in realizing the objective.
Speaking to our correspondent on behalf of others, a recipient who identified himself as Mr Bassey Ufot commended the works commissioner for his sincerity of purpose and for the personal commitment he has demonstrated in ensuring a hitch free exercise that satisfied all parties.
As at press time, the drainage at one side of the road is nearing completion even as work is going on in frenetic pace