Ex-president Jonathan to inaugurate 1.15km bridge project in A’ Ibom
By Isaac Job, Uyo
Former president Goodluck Jonathan will on Monday commission 1.15km Uko Ntighe Afi bridge project completed by Governor Udom Emmanuel in Mbo local government area, Akwa Ibom state.
Conducting newsmen round the bridge on Friday, the Special Assistant to Udom on Research and Documentation Hon Essien Ndueso said the bridge is part of a 19km road constructed by Udom from Mbo to Etebi in Esit Eket local government area of the state.
Essien said the bridge is among 40 bridges conducted by governor Emmanuel across the 31 local government areas in the state as part of the completion agenda of his administration.
He said the Afi- Ukontighe bridge was initiated by former governor Godswill Akpabio’s administration but later abandoned.
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“This bridge as you all know was initiated by governor Godswill Akpabio in 2008. Since then, it has been a sad story of neglect and poor contractual procedures and disagreement.
“This bridge was only 35 percent executed when governor Udom Emmanuel took over office in 2015. The governor had to get a contractor that specializes in Bridge construction – AMITEC. Now, this project is completed. Former president Goodluck Jonathan will commission this bridge on Monday 16 January 2023”.
Essien stated that the bridge has both social and economic impacts on residents of the area as they will carry their goods which are mainly seafood to different parts of the state.
He said the bridge will also boost economic activities between the community and neighbouring counties such as Cameroon, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
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