Residents of Oron Local Government have poured encomiums on the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, for what they say, is the awesome strides in rehabilitating dilapidated roads and constructing new ones in the Council area.
The comments came as residents made their feelings known when newsmen took an unscheduled tour of some roads that the governor promised to undertake their reconstruction last August during a working visit to oron to inspect. The gully erosion and flooding ravaging the area.
The roads include, Mainland street, Efiak street adjoining Efiak lane, Bassey lane, Anwana Esin street, Mary Hanny, and the Post office street among others. A resident Chief Anthony Udoh described the road project at Anwana Esin as incredible. Chief Udoh said, the state governor has wiped tears and decades of suffering. The roads which he said had completely collapsed and rendered the areas inaccessible even to pedestrians has been turned around to beautifully built streets with underground drainage to deflood the area. He thanked Governor Emmanuel for keeping his promise and finishing the project before the rains this year.
A petty trader who identified her name as Madam Anwana while praying God to bless Governor Emmanuel maintained that, he is the Oro governor, they were waiting for. Madam Anwana said all residents of Mary Hanny and environs will heave a sigh of relief as their homes will not be flooded again.
She argued that, the frustrations they experienced with being displaced by heavy flooding and the danger of encroaching gully erosions is now a thing of the past. She said Oro nation are happy that the decades of neglect and marginalization is now over as the governor is poised to deliver more road projects in the area.
Speaking in the same vein, a youth leader, Mr Amba Utibe commended the efforts of the state government in delivering over 6 streets in Oron metropolis within its first eight months in office and expressed confidence that Governor Udom has turned the page for the people and residents of Oro nation.
Many other residents shared the same joy and enthusiasm and however adde that, Oro is desirous to see more projects in the area to make up for the past neglect and expressed belief in Governor Emmanuel as the right governor Oro nation should support, since he has proven that, he is a man of his words and kept his campaign promises.
It will be recalled that, Governor Emmanuel almost broke down last August when he toured those areas in Oron which were devastated by flooding and scary gully erosion. The governor thereafter directed the works commissioner, Mr Ephraim Inyangeyen to immediately arrest the gully threats and get the road completely rehabilitated. Most residents who spoke their minds affirmed that, with Governor Udom Emmanuel, Oro nation have not lost anything and will gain more.