The Akwa Ibom State Government has terminated the contract for the construction of Oron – Uyo road traversing Nsit Atai and Okobo Local Government Areas to East West Road earlier awarded Renaissance Construction Company following the inability of the construction firm to commence work ten months after the contract had been awarded.
The State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, announced this at the Apostolic Church, Oron Field, Oron Local Government Area where he attended a Church service, saying that no contractor should hold the state to ransom by being unable to fulfil the deal entered into with the state government on projects earmarked for execution.
Governor Emmanuel lauded other firms who had been able to live up to expectations irrespective of challenges and reiterated his administration’s commitment to the development of the state.
He called on the people to shun ethnicity and other biasis and make the state named after God a model in develpment the biting impact of the prevailing technical economic recession notwithstanding.
The State Chief Executive who attended the Church Service alongside the Secretary to the State Government, Sir Ettekamba Umoren, Eket and Ikot Abasi House of Representatives Members, Deconess Owoidighe Ekpoattai and Hon. Francis Charles Udoyok, Members of the State Executive Council, Immediate Past Minister of Housing Mrs Akon Eyakenyi and other Political big wigs in the state, called on the church to pray for God’s mercy for Nigeria and pledged a donation of a Sixty KVA Generator to boost the church convention programme slated for November this year.
Preaching on the theme “Show Result” the field Superintendent Pastor Effiong Okon Uyeh said that result clears doubt and cancels negative insinuations.
He congratulated Governor Udom Emmanuel for the various development projects executed across the state and particularly mentioned the rehabilitated roads in Oron metropolis which he said were death traps to commuters before the advent of this administration.
Fielding questions from Government House Correspondents shortly after the Church service, the Commissioner for Works Mr Ephraim Inyang clarified the reasons for the revocation of the Oron Uyo road contract saying that the contracting Firm has reneged on the Deed for the construction of the 29Km road spanning Nsit Atai , Okobo to East West road with three Bridges on two phases which ground breaking was performed in october last year.
He said the work was expected to be completed within thirty six months and that the firm has failed in it obligations as there is no evidence of work on the road and that the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barister Uwemedimo Nwoko has been directed to review the contractual agreement between the State Government and the Construction Company.
He expressed appreciation to other road contracting firms for bracing up with the contractual dateline on projects assigned them.