Nigeria’s former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has prayed God to give Akwa Ibom State governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel a good successor in order to continue with his development stride in the state.
He rendered this prayers at the inauguration of the 1km flyover at Ikot Oku Ikono, in Uyo.
According to him, having a good successor was even more important than having a successful administration since a good succession plan was part of the success of any government.
“Your success does not stop with your economic and social development to your people; but it would be measured by your succession because success without a good succession is hollow.
“I pray and pray again that you would have a good successor” the former president stressed.
He praised the governor for not letting him and those who supported his second term ambition down, and for not disappointing the people of the state who voted for him to return to office in 2019.
Obasanjo said the I Km flyover built by the state government was a project worth celebrating any where in the world; stressing that the governor was adept in managing resources because his previous background before becoming governor has put him in a better stead.
He described himself as a lucky man to have the flyover built along Olusegun Obasanjo Way, a road previously named after him in 2016 by Victor Attah, the former governor of the state at the time.
Earlier, governor Udom Emmanuel said the execution of the project was not a show of affluence but prudence in the management of the increasing dwindling resources of the state.
According to him, at the last federation account meeting, a little more than $1 billion was shared to the over 200 million Nigerians.
” When people see us commission projects like this, they think we have money. We don’t because it is now extremely difficult for some governors to even pay salaries. So we are not celebrating excess wealth but a result of creativity.
“I thank God there will be no accidents around this junction with the commissioning of this flyover”, he said.
He promised to award contracts for the reconstruction of the adjourning roads and bypasses damaged by diverted vehicular traffic while work on the flyover was ongoing in the past two years.
Udom also said with the coming of dry season, his administration would kickstart work on several dual carriage roads like Ikot Ekpene-Uyo Road and Eket remodelling project among others.
The state commissioner for works, Prof Eno Ibanga explained that the flyover project commenced on July 15, 2019 and since it was billed to be completed in two years, the project has exceeded the deadline because of COVID-19 disruption.