Akwa Ibom State governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel has assured the host communities of the ongoing World Bank Assisted 8km IBB drainage of completion and commissioning of the project in December 2021.
The over 15 years old flood challenge cuts across 17 villages in Uyo, Ibesikpo and Nsit Ibom local government councils of the state.
The governor gave the assurance after inspecting the project yesterday.
He commended the contractor for the quality and pace at which the job is progressing so far and reminded the contractors that since the project is 100 per cent pre-funded, there was no excuse for the work to exceed December 2021 completion without compromising its quality.
He appreciated the World Bank for keying into the state government’s effort at ameliorating the sufferings of the people on the road owing to the perennial flooding of the affected areas.
“We are here today to look at this perennial issue of flood that has been existing in this place for over 15 years. We are in government to solve problems, that is why we decided to undertake this 8km drainage, designed to take flood water off Uyo, through this channel into major outfall drain. The size of this drainage can take two salon cars side by side..
“It is World Bank assisted project in partnership with the state government. So I want to appreciate World Bank for partnering the state government because we could not have done it alone. The project you are seeing here is going to cost more than $50m by the time we finish.
“There are some things we do that a professional politician would not agree to do. A professional politician would never do this because people wouldn’t see it to clap hands. It costs so much to take flood water out. The money we used here could have taken many kilometres of roads, or constructed one white elephant project. But that is not what good governance is about. We take in totality what would benefit the people”, he said.
The Governor assured that the state government was equally partnering other bodies and agencies in the fight against erosion and flooding in the state.
And offering more insight into the project, the Commissioner for Environment, Mr Charles Udoh, said the 8km drainage was designed to link existing drainage from Atiku, Abak road and Ring roads 2&3.
He assured that the design have given consideration to densely populated areas by ensuring that such areas are covered, while other less- inhabited areas would be equipped with fencing to reduce risk.