Julius Berger frustrating Akwa Ibom road construction projects – Works Commissioner

  Esseh Ikora

Akwa Ibom state government has alleged that  a construction giant, Julius Berger’s slow  pace of execution of road contracts is frustrating the speedy completion of its  critical road project contracts .

for works, Akparawa Ephraim Inyang-Eyen, made the assertion while fielding questions from reporters after undertaking an inspection  tour of construction sites along Etinan-Ndoneyo and Etinan-Eket road projects.

Inyang-Eyen,who commended the cordial business relationship between the state government and other construction companies operating in the state, lamented that Julius Berger has demonstrated lack of seriousness in executing terms of contracts awarded to them which is frustrating the effort of government.

He said the state governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel is determined to see the timely completion of construction work on Uyo-Ikot Ekpene and Uyo-Etinan roads.

He warned that the state government will no longer tolerate the slow pace of construction works the company.

According to the works ,”we hope to pressurize Julius Berger, to increase their speed. They seem to be the only company drawing the state backwards in the area of road construction.

“In the days ahead, I will speak out if they refuse to speed up the construction of the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene and Uyo-Etinan road projects. I will make a public .”

Mr Inyang-Eyen lauded the management of Wizchino Engineering (WE) and China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), for the extend of construction work achieved on Etinan- Eket and Etinan-Ndoneyo road projects.

He expressed the hope that with the distance already covered, the projects would  near completion before the raining season.

The appealed the management of construction companies various construction projects to maintain standard, assuring that the state governor was working out plans to make funds available to them.

He disclosed that the Etinan- Ndoneyo and Etinan-Eket roads will not be among the road projects to be commissioned the governor in May to mark his third anniversary.

“The Etinan-Ndoneyo and Etinan-Eket roads will be opened for public use will not be commissioned because two of the bridges along these road are cable bridges which require the services of experts”.

At Ikot Etobo community, Nsit Ubium Local Government Area of the state, where construction work was delayed due to unpaid compensation, Inyang-Eyen, while presenting cheques to  those affected,  assured the project will be completed.

He told property owners whose buildings were marked for demolition and subsequently evaluated for compensation to collect their cheques from the headquarters of the Ministry of works,Uyo.

The project manager, CCECC,Mr Henry Shao, told our correspondent  that with the payment of compensation to property owners affected by the construction, he was sure that the company will start laying of asphalt on the road.

Shao he further assured the state government the project will be executed to specification.

The 22.6 Kilometers Etinan-Eket road our correspondent gathered was awarded to CCECC in 2013 by Godswill Akpabio was abandoned because lack of funds.

The project it was gathered was award to CCECC on a three year contract term was abandoned after some month due to the state government inability to it own part of the contract agreement.