Akwa Ibom State Government Targets 25 Years Lifespan For Roads – Ephraim Inyang

Roads in Akwa Ibom State constructed under the administration
of Udom Gabriel Emmanuel would last for a minimum of 25 years
without major repairs. The State Commissioner of Works, Mr.
Ephraim Inyang-Eyen, has declared.
The commissioner who made the declaration in a chat with
newsmen in Uyo, the state capital said this explains why much
emphasis had been laid on quality and standard from the point of
contract award to different stages of review.
According to him, the state government, from inception, had
issued specifications in very strict terms for single and dualized
roads, saying that the minimum standard for dualised road is
60mm for wearing course, 60mm for asphalt course, 200mm
stone base and 200mm earth filling.
He however threatened that any contractor who is found wanting
risks repeating the project or having his contract revoked, as the
state government was doing all within its means to ensure that no
company is encumbered, as it has continued to ensure prompt
release of funds to companies.
“Let me say it emphatically here that no contractor in Akwa Ibom
has been encumbered. Therefore, they cannot give any
explanation for not meeting the standard. So, if you are adequately
funded, you must ensure minimal standard. And before
commissioning the roads when they are fully ready, I will allow
our people to go and do their independent assessment.
“We are not rushing the jobs, we are building this road for
minimum duration of good 25 years, and with good maintenance
we should be able to achieve that. For dualized roads, while the
wearing course is 60mm, the asphaltic course is 60mm against
50mm on single lane road. For stone base course and earthwork,
150mm for single lane and 200mm for dualised road, the earth
filling, dualised 200mm, Cross stone base 200mm”.
“I repeat there is no contractor who won’t meet the standard, we
won’t take the road from their hand because they are not in any
way encumbered, therefore, they have no explanation. It means
they would have to repeat the job. If you do a sub-standard job,
we won’t take it because we came to offer services and the
services we must offer must meet the minimum expectations of
our people,” he stated.
On what informed choices of roads earmarked for construction
across the state, the Commissioner said the present administration
is primarily focused on building economically viable roads that
would not only encourage investors but also bring needed
economic benefits to the state.
“The last administration did lots of roads but the gap we seek to
improve is to network these roads. The difference between
construction of roads and networking is that you must ensure
that there is a link between roads. What we saw was that you
could drive on a 5km of asphalt road and then there is a bush
track, and then you are back on asphalt.
“What government is now doing is that we have sent out a
consultant to give us a map of this state, the road situation, the
kilometers and their status to ensure that we create road network
so that if you start a journey on a asphalt, that road would lead
you to your destination without having to fall back on a bush
track”.
“What we want to achieve is to ensure that most of our roads
would terminate either at the sea or boundary, not hanging
somewhere, either at a boundary or sea. Our roads must
terminate at points of economic benefits because when you create
a road network, it should come with immediate economic
benefit”.
He expressed disappointment over the rapid erection of fake
borehole, tombstones, shanty houses and shrines, even after the
roads were cleared for construction.
“If government were to go into it, we would have lost over N4
billion that would have been used for the development of the
state. That would have meant that in other communities, when
such issues come up, government would have been obligated to
pay. So the fact that this was done in the community where the
governor comes from means that government has exterminated such trend,” he stressed.

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