Buhari set to complete multiple projects in Akwa Ibom State
President Muhammadu Buhari has listed the Ibaka Deep Seaport and Odukpani-Itu-Ikot Ekpene road as projects whose completion would be facilitated by his administration.
The President made this known while addressing a delegation of APC leaders from Akwa Ibom State, who paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja yesterday.
The President named among other projects, the dualization of Abak-Ekparakwa-Ete-Ikot Abasi Road, and the construction/furnishing of the Faculty of Law building at the University of Uyo Main Campus.
Read his full speech below;
ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT MUHAMADU BUHARI TO AKWA IBOM STATE DELEGATION OF THE APC ON THE OCCASSION OF HER COURTESY CALL ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2018.
I welcome you all on the occasion of this courtesy and solidarity visit and I thank you for your support to my administration and pledge to support my re- election bid.
I have noticed in your delegation my constant political associates and supporters as well as new ones who joined our train earlier and indeed others who have just joined us in the latest change of political camps. I appreciate and welcome you all into our integrity political family.
I have taken note of your appreciation of the appointments into the Federal service from your State and assure you that I shall continue to be fair and equitable in Federal appointments to all states and constituent parts of the country.
On infrastructure, thank you for appreciating the award of contract for the Dualization of Odukpani- Itu (spur to Ididep Itam)- Ikot Ekpene road in the initial contract sum of N54.17 Billion Naira.
We have provided the sum of N11 Billion Naira in the 2018 budget for the award of the outstanding portion of the road in Akwa Ibom State and the Federal ministry of power, Works and housing has commenced the procurement process of this tranche.
Two weeks ago, contract for the reconstruction of Abak- Ekparakwa- Ete- Ikot Abasi was awarded in the sum of N5.89 Billion.
The Federal government has also provided for the Ibom deep sea port and city for which initial provision of N2.2 Billion has been made in the 2018 budget.
Again, contract for the construction and furnishing of the faculty of Law building at the main campus of the University of Uyo has been awarded in the sum of N873.1million.
Due to the enormous cost of the road projects, I hereby direct the Niger Delta Development commission, through the regional projects provisions to specifically provide for counterpart or supplementary funding for These projects to ensure expeditious completion and commissioning.
Meanwhile, to complete the Cross River State- Akwa Ibom State- Abia State axis of the road I have directed the Federal ministry of power, works and housing and the ministry of Budget and National planning to provide in the 2019 budget the dualization of Ikot Ekpene - Aba axis of the calabar- Itu- Ikot Ekpene- Aba federal highway covering the 3 States.
Please recall also that railway projects also cover your state as well as others in South South and South East of Nigeria.
I have approved that the construction of Section 5 of the East West road :Oron (Akwa Ibom)--Calabar (Cross River) states be one of the major priority projects to be funded under the Forum of China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) arrangement with the Chinese Government.
In the power sector the construction of power substation in Ibiono, Akwa Ibom to boost power supply to adjoining local governments and parts of Cross River State adjacent thereto is being procured.
Let me through you all, appreciate all Nigerians for the encouragement and support to my administration and urging me to contest and win the 2019 elections and I have hearkened to your voices and with you God and you, victory is sure.
Welcome and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.