Atiku Abubakar to inaugurate 9.5km 10-lane road in Akwa Ibom

Atiku Abubakar to inaugurate 9.5km 10-lane road in Akwa Ibom
The 9.5km, 10-lane Idongesit Nkanga and Clement Isong Avenues in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, will be officially opened on Thursday by People's Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar.

One of Governor Udom Emmanuel's signature projects, the road's commissioning is a part of the celebrations for the State's 35th birthday.

Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, secretary to the state government and chairman of the 35th anniversary central planning committee, made this announcement in a statement on Thursday in Uyo.

Engineer Uwem Okoko, Managing Director of Hensek Integrated Services and project contractor, led journalists on a road inspection on Wednesday.

The road is made up of a 10 lane, 9.5 kilometre dual carriage and a more than 5 km drainage tunnel, according to Okoko.

“The tunnel is all the way from Ifa to Ibesikpo and underneath, 7m deep is a flood control tunnel, that is why before you used to see flood at the Timber market road but you can’t see the flood at Ifa basin, His Excellency, awarded this contract not only to de-flood ring road three but also neighbouring communities.”

While thanking Governor Udom Emmanuel for the confidence reposed in Hensek Integrated Services as the contractor to deliver the projects, Engr. Uwem Okoko revealed, that “this road is designed to last a lifetime”.

“The concept of the median was designed by His Excellency , ‘Engineer’ Udom Emmanuel when he came in 2021 for a road inspection, he said the median is wide and we can turn it into a jogging lane for people and have protection, we incorporated it into the design ”

On the Uyo-Airport expansion project, he said a flood control tunnel is currently being built that will control floods and ensure that water is properly extracted to the Ibesikpo Asutan discharge outfall.

“If you look at Shelter Afrique you will find out that the Governor has responded to the yearnings of Mbiabong and people living on Oron Road because of the perennial flooding, he has also awarded a project that will de-flood Oron road and take it across Shelter Afrique to Ibesikpo Outfall, the underground flood control project is ongoing and by the end of October we believe that we would have controlled flooding at Shelter Afrique axis “.