Akwa Ibom state government has reassured the public of its determination to complete ongoing erosion and flood control projects in the state.
The state Commissioner for Environment and Solid Minerals, Mr. Charles Udoh said this while fielding questions from newsmen after the tour of gully erosion intervention sites at Ikpa road by Uyo village road and Calabar Itu highway.
He said that the governor would leave no stone unturned in making funds available to complete the projects, describing the governor as a people-oriented and caring leader.
He commended the contractors on the current pace of work and charged them to double up effort to make remarkable improvement during this dry season.
“Erosion and flood is very enormous and costly to manage all over the world and it takes a people-oriented governor like Governor Udom Emmanuel who has expended enormous resources to tackle the menace of erosion and flooding in the state”, he said.
He revealed that one of the major causes of gully erosion was improper termination of drainages without regard to standard design and environmental safety measures, stressing that, such negligence is a threat to lives, livelihoods, properties, and public infrastructure and disrupting economic activities.
He assured the citizens and residents that the government has taken steps to prevent future occurrences.
The gully erosion projects in Ikpa road and Calabar Itu Highway handled by Nigerpet structures Ltd and Amitech Construction & Development Company Ltd have reached an advanced stage.
Earlier, the Project Manager, Nigerpet Structures Limited, Engr. Ubong Etuk, assured the Commissioner that the company was working round the clock to ensure the timely completion of the project.
The commissioner who was accompanied by the Director of Erosion and Flood, Mr. Okon Effiong, and other staff of the Ministry also visited an erosion threatening site at St. Vincent school for inclusive Education at Adiaha Obong, Ewet Housing Estate to ascertain the extent of damage to the school.
It could be recalled that last week the commissioner alongside the contractors, undertook an inspection of the IBB Flood Control Project to ascertain the progress and quality of work geared towards curbing flooding in Uyo.
The project covers 17 villages in three Local Government Areas of Uyo, Ibesikpo Asutan, and Nsit Ibom.