Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Works, Mr. Ephraim Inyang-Eyen, has said that the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, prefers to execute small projects that impact lives, instead of building gigantic structures that do not add value to the economy of the state.
Inyang-Eyen made the assertion against the backdrop of insinuations that the governor was not executing gigantic projects like his predecessor, Senator Godswill Akpabio. He said the administration was determined to ensure that it does not embark on projects that might be abandoned eventually. “Governor Emmanuel is dealing with things that impact lives rather than building gigantic structures that can never come to fruition. He is focusing on small industries like the syringe factory, the flour mill, metering factory and rice mill”. He said.
Signature projects are important but unfortunately most of the signature projects started by the previous administration have been left uncompleted. Speaking on the initiation of signature projects, Inyang-Eyen said, “How has the signature projects impacted our lives or added value to our Internally Generated Revenue? What is the employment ratio of those signature projects? Is it the E-Library that is not functional, the Tropicana, or the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road that are functional? We are still spending money to ensure the completion of the road”.
Since Emmanuel Udom took the reigns as the Governor of Akwa Ibom, there have been a number of commendable projects he has initiated. Many of these projects have boosted the economy of Akwa Ibom and have removed a large number of unemployed people from the streets, youths especially.