COVID-19: Governor Udom Emmanuel’s unattainable excuses for abandoned projects
Can the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic be used as an alibi by the state governor for the failed and abandoned projects by this government given the fact that most of the projects were abandoned and forgotten by the government long before the outbreak of the pandemic?
Projects like Obio Etoi, Road, Tabernacle Road, Afaha Ube- Etaha Itam Market, Road,A 10, Ikot Akpan Abia, Afaha Atai,Quality Ceramic, Ring Road 2, Mbak-Anua-Ishiet, Nsit Atai-Okobo, Eda, Murtalar Muhammed and many other road projects were abandoned and forgotten by the government long 36 months before the outbreak of the pandemic.
The Nduetong Oku Ibiaku Uruan Ekit Itam road project was abandoned in 2016 after ground-breaking.
The 17.84km Ikot Ukpo Inua-Ikot Etenge Ndon -Atan Eka- iko Ikot Akpabio road project in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area had been abandoned after ground-breaking on 24th December, 2018 and as a matter of fact,no kobo has ever been appropriated and disbursed for the project.
How about the Access Road at College of Education, Afaha Nsit? Though unexecuted, was it not commissioned by the governor in 2018?
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, other state governors, like Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and David Umahi of Ebonyi State, have been executing and commissioning quality projects.
The colossal failure of this government cannot be blamed on the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. Such excuse by the governor is untenable and unacceptable.
We expect the governor to focus on two or three of the projects and see how he can complete them before the expiration of his tenure in the next 30 months.