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By Glory James

The Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo; former Governors of Cross River and Benue States, Mr. Donald Duke and Senator Gabriel Suswan, and other stakeholders have Okayed the Dakkada Tower, the eco-friendly, smart office complex with cutting edge ICT facilities, for business by the international oil companies (IOCs).

This was made known on Friday during the Vice President’s one-day working visit to Akwa Ibom State and commissioning of the Dakkada Tower, constructed by Governor Udom Emmanuel.

Prof Osinbajo said “the building will address the problem of accommodation complained by IOCs. And without wasting time, they should relocate their administrative Headquarters to Uyo.”

He further commended Governor Emmanuel’s drive to the development of the state, saying “I acknowledge the achievements of Governor Udom Emmanuel in industrialization and infrastructure in the completion agenda of his administration. The federal government on its own part has spent N8.9 trn in the past six years on infrastructure alone. What Governor Udom Emmanuel is doing in Akwa Ibom state is complimenting the federal government effort on both infrastructure and economic development.”

In his remarks, Governor Emmanuel, who expressed excitement over the timely completion of the facility and appreciation to the Vice President, said “I am more excited than before for several reasons especially the doubting attitude of naysayers who thought that this project would not be completed. The excuse by IOCs) that there is no office accommodation in Akwa Ibom for them to relocate has come to an end today by the commissioning of this building.”

Governor Emmanuel also expressed appreciation to the contractor, VKS Construction Company, a Turkish firm, for its cooperation in the procurement of materials and technology transfer which helped in the speedy completion of the project.

Earlier, the State Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Okpolupm Etteh, who supervised the project, said “this ultra-modern Tower is situated on a massive site area of 48,200 square metres (4.82 hectares). It is an ICT compliant intelligent structure with 24hours power supply. It is 104 metres high with 21 floors of rentable office spaces, surrounded by a podium which includes restaurants, banks and adequate convenience services. It has a parking space which can accommodate about 400 cars.”

Speaking further, he said “The building rests on forty-nine (49) number 1.2 diameter piles with a 32-meter average depth. The ground floor is about 1,819.45 square metres plus a Mezzanine floor which is used as a technical area. It has four Banking Halls and Sick Bay with a total area of 855 square metres, two Restaurants with 330.90 square metres. It has rentable office floor spaces of 600, 300 and 150 square metres respectively.”

“Some of the exclusive features include Cardreaders, Fire Protected Doors, Central Stand-Alone Server Workstation, Time Attendance Readers, Automated Cards, Automated Turnstiles, Humidity and Temperature Sensors in all the floors. Fire safety is given a top notch with the availability of Fire Electric Pumps, FM200 Clean Agent Automatic Fire Suppression Systems, Fire Extinguishers, Intelligent Smoke Detectors, Protection Sprinkler System and a Fire Alarm Panel connected to the CCTV room.”

“The building also provides four Passenger Lifts of 3 metres per second speed, two Staircases for emergency exits, Technical Buildings, Drivers Lounge, Security Offices and a Visitor’s Bay,” he added.

Those who gave goodwill messages including Senator Gabriel Suswan and Mr. Donald Duke, were the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Hidayat Bayraktar, and Senator Akon Eyakenyi.

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