Atiku Abubakar, the presidential flag bearer of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is set to commission the 9.5km, 10-lane Idongesit Nkanga and Clement Isong Avenues in Uyo, Akwa Ibom today. The inauguration of the road, which happens to be one of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s stamp projects, is part of projects to commemorate Akwa Ibom’s 35th anniversary.
Chairman of the Central Planning Committee for the state’s 35th anniversary and Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem made this known in a statement in Uyo on Thursday. Contractor for the project and Managing Director of Hensek Integrated Services, Engineer Uwem Okoko had an interview with journalists ahead of the inauguration. He explained that the road is made up of more than 5km drainage tunnel and 10 lane, 9.5 km dual carriage.
He said, “The tunnel is all the way from Ifa to Ibesikpo and underneath, 7m deep is a flood control tunnel, that is why before you used to see flood at the Timber market road but you can’t see the flood at Ifa basin, His Excellency, awarded this contract not only to de-flood ring road three but also neighboring communities.”
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He appreciated the governor of the state for trusting the brand regarding the road and also revealed that the road will last for a lifetime. He said,“The concept of the median was designed by His Excellency ,‘Engineer’ Udom Emmanuel when he came in 2021 for a road inspection, he said the median is wide and we can turn it into a jogging lane for people and have protection, we incorporated it into the design ”
“If you look at Shelter Afrique you will find out that the Governor has responded to the yearnings of Mbiabong and people living on Oron Road because of the perennial flooding, he has also awarded a project that will de-flood Oron road and take it across Shelter Afrique to Ibesikpo Outfall, the underground flood control project is ongoing and by the end of October we believe that we would have controlled flooding at Shelter Afrique axis “.