The Akwa Ibom State Government has approved the construction of five roads with shore lines and outfalls in Oron metropolis to complete the ongoing urbanization project in Oron Local Government Area.
A concession of Oron Marine Terminal to promote water transportation under public private partnership between the Oron and Calabar axis would be undertaken to revive the economic activities of the area.
These were part of the resolutions reached at the State Executive Council Meeting presided over the state Governor Mr Udom Emmanuel.
The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Elder Aniekan Umana, flanked by his counterpart in the Works Ministry, Mr Ephraim Inyang and the Chairman Technical Committee on Agriculture, Professor Edet Udoh, who briefed Government House Correspondents after the meeting said that the Council considered memos from Ministries, Departments And Agencies and deliberated extensively on a broad spectrum of development programmes undertaken by the administration and make adjustment in view of the economic reality of the moment.
He said highlight of the deliberations include the dualization of Uyo – Oron road from the Airport junction which contract had been terminated and the road construction re-awarded to two construction firms to ensure quick delivery of the project.
Mr Ephraim Inyang who shaded light on the roads earmarked and others undergoing construction listed the roads to include 14.5km Airport road junction in Uruan Local Government Area to Okpedi in Okobo Local Government Area, 13.5km Okpedi road to Oron town joining the East West road, 32 5km Oruk Anam- Ikot Ekaide road, 4.2 km Abak Ifia- Mbak Eyop, Ikot Abia- Osom-Nko roads in Obot Akara Local Government Area and an aspect of the road in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area.
The Works Superintendent also mentioned 14.1 km Odoro Ikpe, Ikpe Ikot Nkon – Obot Mme road to Arochukwu with 1.10m span Bridge and Odoro Ikpe Mbiabet Ikpe, Mbiabet Ikot Udo road leading to the Rice Mill alongside 30meters span Bridge in Ini Local Government Area, as roads ratified by the Executive Council meeting.
Professor Udoh commended the determination of the present administration to ensure food security and said that the state government has keyed in to the Anchor Borrowers Programme of the Federal Government which provides Credit facility for growing of staple foods.
He said the Council has approved the decentralisation of Ministry of Agriculture to enable the ministry propagate new agricultural initiative with viable extension services and that three mulcher machines to be used in large scale farming and conversion of farm waste to manure for agricultural production.
Elder Umanah pointed out that the council has also reviewed the currently cost of purchasing vehicles for official duties and approved that the office of the Secretary to the State Government reconsider proposals on vehicle requisition and make necessary adjustment to reflect the prevailing exchange rate.
The Executive Council members commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for re-engineering investment opportunities that have attracted many investors to the state.