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Akwa Ibomites residing in the city centre of the State and environs who have been facing severe environmental degradation and threat caused by flood and heavy toll gully erosion along Etim Umana, St. Luke’s Hospital, Anua and IBB Way flood prone areas will soon breathe a sigh of relief.
This is because the ongoing erosion control and construction work of drainage structures and erosion control facilities by World Bank in partnership with the Akwa Ibom State Government at Etim Umanah ravine, St. Luke’s Hospital ravine-Anua and the 6.05km reinforced concrete storm water drainage channel around the IBB way area of Uyo will alleviate the suffering of people living in affected areas at completion.
This was gathered today, Friday, 15th January, 2021 when the monitoring team from the Department of International Economic Relations, Federal Ministry of Finance made a tour of the various ongoing erosion control and drainage construction projects as well as other World Bank projects in the State.
According to the leader of the visiting team, who is Director, International Economic Relations in the Ministry, Mrs. Aisha Omar, the main essence of the site tour was to have a physical sight of various World Bank Assisted Projects in the State other than relying on paper reports which she said may assist in determining quality and value for funds in implementation of projects.
“the whole essence of us being here is to physically see the progress we are making in projects and not just to rely on what we read on paper and to see if we are adding value to money, making progress in the implementation which in the long run, will impact the lives of the people.”
Mrs. Omar drew satisfaction on the level and standard of work carried out by Nigerpet Structures Limited and China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), the contracting firms handling the work and supervised by the Akwa Ibom State Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (AKS-NEWMAP) as well as the Ministry of Environment and the Department of Multilateral & Donor Agencies.
“…so far, what I can see is that there is serious work in progress, I can see money has been put into proper use and that is quite encouraging to us. This is what we wanted to see and we have seen it. I can see the commitment of the state government towards the completion of these projects”, she added.
The Senior Special Assistant and Coordinator, Department of Multilateral and Donor Agencies, Mr. Ndiana-Abasi Udom who was on hand to receive the team on behalf of the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel thanked the Federal Ministry of Finance for the support given to Akwa Ibom in the implementation of the projects which he noted will eliminate the pains of the people in affected areas.
Mr. Ndiana-Abasi Udom who assured the visiting team of the Akwa Ibom State Government commitment towards donor assisted projects also said all projects will be efficiently implemented for the general benefit of the people.
The SSA further said, the visit will avail the visiting team opportunity to make checks in the ongoing projects as well as assessing and taking note of possible challenges in the execution of the projects thereby proffering solutions for prompt delivery.
The Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Charles Udoh acknowledged the Federal Government’s support adding that projects of such nature will help in turning the State into a tourist haven.
The Project Manager, Nigerpet Structures Limited, Engr. Effiong Bassey said the construction work is done with modern technical skills and with the dry season and the support of all parties, the work will be completed soon.
The representative of the design and supervising firm, Prelim Consulting, Engr. Akanu Ibiam, said the work is almost completed as the main drain will soon be connected in a couple of weeks and will give way for filling and compacting before the next raining season sets in.
At the 6.05km reinforced concrete storm water drainage channel around the IBB Way, handling by the China Road and Bridge Corporation, the company representative, Mr. Gu Teng Fei, said they are working to meet with the demand of solving the problem of flood that has been affecting the environment and promised his firm’s commitment towards the completion of the project.
The delegation from the Federal Ministry of Finance who accompanied the Director include, the Deputy Director, Mr. Abdulfatai Abdulsalam, Mariam Omutala, Mr. Nasir Rufai and Mukhtar Amasa while the Senior Special Assistant and Coordinator led the Head of International Cooperation, Dr. Uduak Ekong, Head, Procurement Unit, Mr. Etim Effiong, Head of Legal Unit, Barr. Blessing Udofa among other Staff of the Department to the tour.
Meanwhile, the team also visited a Motorized Borehole Project constructed by the Project Management Committee in partnership with the Akwa Ibom State Agency for Community and Social Development (CSDP)
at Ito-Oko village in Ibesikpo Local Government Area of the State, assisted by the World Bank.
Presentations were made by project managers of NEWMAP, RAAMP, ANRiN, Saving One Million Lives (SOML), Community and Social Development Agency(CSDP) at the conference room of the Ministry of Finance.