Udom inaugurates 6.6km Ring Road to tackle flood in Uyo metropolis

By Isaac Job, Uyo

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel has commissioned the 6.64km Ring Road 2 and drains to tackle perennial flood along Abak and Aka roads in Uyo metropolis as part of the administration’s completion agenda in the state.

Speaking during the commissioning of the road on Friday in Uyo on Friday, Udom said the road inauguration was the beginning of phases of projects commissioning before handing over on May 29.

Udom who renamed the Ring Roads after Chief Udoidiong said all the roads billed for commissioning would be named after Akwa Ibom indigenes who have worked for the growth of the state.

“This commissioning today, we have taken into consideration the drainage system. When the flood was ravaging every other state capital, we were spared because of a lot of investments we’ve done underground.

“If you check underground it can take a whole big car, everything around this area has been channelled underground to Aka road. We are still in this Shelter Afrique trying to tar roads; we have more than five and I hope we will be able to commission it.

“Those in Atan Offot area, I told them that the day I’ll leave office, I will not leave a single road in Atan Offot and now 15 roads in Atan Offot with side drains have been done and there is no place in the area that is not tarred. We are able to achieve all these because of your support,” he stated.

The Commissioner for Work, Prof. Eno Ibanga commended Governor Udom for the support in the execution of his job and Chief Executive Officer, HENSEK Integrated Services, Engr. Uwem Okoko, the contractor for ensuring that the road projects were completed.

“The details of this road had taken care of everything that will tend to sustainability. We have 4 metre median that is paved, that runs from the beginning of this road to the end. Both sides of this road have drains and this road carries 3.32 underground drain that carries all water out of this arena and Aka road end. When the rain comes, you don’t have any course for alarm.

“We have 60 mm binder course and 50 mm railing course of the main alignment. This roundabout is made of 70-metre asphaltic course. That means in the next 50 years as the Lord tarries, this road will stand the test of time.

“I want to thank you, Your Excellency, for believing in one man, HENSEK Integrated Services. He has been a source of joy. Your Excellency, I want to thank you for believing in me. You have told us that anything that we do, we can always accomplish.

“I want to thank all Akwa Ibomites for the support for my boss, His Excellency, the Governor, to accomplish this feat as a state. Your Excellency, I gave you 12 projects to commission, but you only trimmed it to five. I am sure before we exit, you are going to commission more,” he said.

The Chief Executive Officer, HENSEK Integrated Services, Engr. Uwem Okoko assured the government and the people of the state that the road would be durable.

He promised to maintain the roads he has constructed free of charge without cost to the government in event of any defect adding that the roads have taken care of the flood problem in the area.

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“Your Excellency, I want to thank God, I want to thank you for giving us another opportunity to finish your vision on this Ring Road 2, an engineering masterpiece.

“This road is a dual carriageway, 3.32m, when you take both sides is, 6.64km of road. It is 10 metres wide, it has a walkway of 1.2 km on both sides and has an underground drainage system running across the entire length of the road.

“It is 5 metres deep, 1.5 m x 1.5 m x 0.2m running from this side of Abak road to the IBB flood control canal. From Aka Road, we have 1.3 by 1.3 by 0.15 m underground drainage running to the IBB control canal.

“Your Excellency, with this, you have solved the flood problem of Ring Road 2 and adjourning communities here. I want to give specifications for the asphalt: you have 60 mm binders course and 50 mm wearing course. You have 200 mm thick stone base, you have over 4metres thick of deep compacted laterite.” he said

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