The Akwa Ibom State Government is set to inaugurate Etebi-Enwang Road with a bridge measuring a total length of 1.15km by September this year.
The project which is expected to connect Mbo Local Government communities and Esit-Eket Local Government Area will revive the socio-economic activities as well as bring succour to the people.
Governor Udom Emmanuel made this known on Thursday during an inspection of the Etebi-Enwang Bridge in Mbo Local Government Area.
The Governor, who also hinted at plans to establish a fabrication yard for Oil and Gas along the shoreline in the State, assured that the Etebi-Enwang Bridge project on completion by September this year remains strategic in opening up the vista of socio-economic activities in the State.
“If you look at our completion agenda, we talked about riverine area development recently, I have concentrated on that aspect of the completion agenda, I took you through Eastern Obolo the other day, and now we are in Mbo.
“Once you cross here you are in Cameroon, so you can imagine the economic impact this bridge will do because we are opening up the entire area.
“And you know we are planning a fabrication yard for Oil and Gas towards this shoreline and without access road, that cannot be achieved”.
The State Chief Executive commended the contractor, AMITEC Construction Development Limited and the supervising Ministry, Ministry of Works & Fire Service, for showing commitment towards the completion of the project due by September.
“This is going to be the fourth longest bridge in Nigeria and the contractor has committed commissioning by 30th September, this year. My sincere appreciation goes to the contractor, the supervising Ministry and the youths because I have other communities I wanted to execute a similar project but the youths did not allow us, but here I want to thank the youths for allowing us to bring development here”, the governor noted.
Giving an overview of the project, the Managing Director, AMITEC Construction Development Limited, Aiman Saimua, thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for his support and commitment towards the realization of the project, which was abandoned during the previous administration stating that on completion, the project will be the fourth longest bridge in Nigeria.
“We started in 2018 and with the governor’s kind support, financial involvement and commitment we have managed to reach this level now. The entire road has been completed except this bridge and we have promised the governor that by the end of September this year, this bridge will be commissioned. When it is commissioned it will be the fourth longest bridge in Nigeria with a total length of 1,150m long. It comprises 52 spans of 22.5m each and by God’s grace it will be completed on or before September this year”.