In an effort to see to the success of remediation work at Ikot Uduak erosion site by the Cross River State water-shed management, World Bank Assisted Project Erosion Control, a resident of the area and Civil Engineer has suggested that the job be split into two by giving the road portion to a subcontractor while a competent technical person be engaged by the main contractor to speed-up execution of the project. The resident spoke on the condition of anonymity while fielding questions from a LENS Reporter.
He was of the opinion that if this is done given the short period of the dry season before rain kicks in again to disrupt work, substantial progress would have been achieved thereby making real the vision of Governor Ben Ayade administration to provide succor to the dilemma residents of the area have been experiencing for some time now.
He disclosed that NDDC had captured Ikot Uduak internal roads network during the administration of the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs but nothing had been done. He was optimistic that the recently submitted forensic audit report may capture it and unravel reasons for its abandonment and the erring contractor brought to book.
As at the time of filing this report, the LENS reporter who visited the area says work is in progress at the Etim Ekpo Crescent axis of the project.
By: Archibong Emmanuel