By Okon Bassey in Uyo
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, may have silenced his critics over his performance as he will commence the inauguration of some road projects executed by his administration tomorrow as part of activities to mark his first Democracy Day celebration as governor of the state.
Some of the roads ready for inauguration are urban roads in Oron metropolis, Mkpok-Okat road in Onna, dualisation of Awa-Ikot Nkang road with outfall drains in Onna LGA, Ikot Udom with 15m span bridge in Ibiono Ibom LGA, internal roads rehabilitation at Cornelia Connelly College, Afaha Oku, Uyo and Information drive, Uyo, among others.
Checks revealed that the road projects set for inauguration are among more than eleven road programmes which cover 117 km across the three senatorial district of the state including seven bridges.
Conducting journalists around the project weekend, the state Commissioner for Works, Mr Ephraim Inyang said the road projects were not embarked upon by the state administration as political compensation but were strictly on economic reasons to the people and state.
He noted that some of the road projects executed within the first year of the governor in office were in fulfilment of his campaign promise as the roads were noted to be death trap to the residents and other users.
Hitherto, he said any government official that goes to the communities would be mocked but now the story is different as the residents are very friendly.
“In the past when you go to some of the communities, they people will shout on you, threaten, not friendly because they saw government not helping their situation.
“But today, they are now very friendly communities, meaning they appreciate what government has done. If I come to this community now I can work freely showing that we have restored as government dignity and confident in the people.