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Monday, January 20, 2020



Drums were rolled out on Saturday as Ndueotong Oku, a remote community sandwiched between Uyo and Uruan Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom State, appreciated the federal government for intervening in the gully erosion problem which hitherto ate up significant portion of their land.
The federal government in 2018 had flagged off the erosion control project pegged at 1.69 Billion Naira. It was completed in 2019.
Speaking during the commissioning of the project, Chairman of the Ndueotong Oku village council, Obong Aniefiok Samuel, acknowledged that the steep gully had cut off his community from its neighbouring Ibiaku Uruan in Uruan LGA, and was on the verge of sinking the famous EKASUS Secondary and Technical College, before the federal government intervened.
"The gully erosion made it impossible for the people of Ibiaku Uruan to assess their community through this road", he stated.
Obong Samuel appreciated the effort of the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, for facilitating the award of the contract by the federal government, adding that he, on behalf of the community, had promised the presidential aide of unalloyed cooperation.
"I promised that we are going to give a peaceful environment for this job to be actualized", he recalled.
He disclosed that the community has sent a letter of appreciation to President Buhari.
In his response, Senator Ita Enang applauded the community for cooperating with the contractors to make the project a reality.
Giving a background information of the project, Senator Enang divulged that having been frustrated in his attempts to ply the route, he started working on how to rectify the problem.
His words: "When I went back (to Abuja), I discussed it with His Excellency President Buhari, and he agreed that I should write. I now wrote, took it to him and he minuted it to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation who overseas the Ecological Fund Office, and he minuted it to the Permanent Secretary, Ecological Fund Office, who ordered that it be scoped for the purpose of it being awarded."
Senator Enang called on Akwa Ibom people to expect more federal projects from the federal government.
Speaking before commissioning the project, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, described the project as a convincing sign that the federal government is committed to the progress of Akwa Ibom State.
"I have no doubt in my mind that this federal government intervention will bring a huge relief to this community which have for a long time been stressed by this ecological challenge", Akpabio added.
The Minister counseled Akwa Ibom people to continue offering support to the federal government even as it deliver its electioneering promises.
A goodwill message from EKASUS Secondary and Technical College, Ndueotong Oku, Uyo, was presented.
The event witnessed cultural display by the children and women of the benefitting communities.

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