A prominent socio-political organization in Akwa Ibom State, known as the “Oron Elders Forum,” has appealed to President Ahmed Bola Tinubu to reconsider the allocation of the fifth segment of the East-West road.
In a statement released in Uyo, the forum expressed concern over the need for more progress on the fifth segment of the East-West road since 2014, when former President Goodluck Jonathan awarded the contract to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), a Chinese firm.
The Chairman of the forum, Dr. Esio Oquong Udoh, and Secretary Barr Okon Osung emphasized their hope that the federal government under President Tinubu’s leadership would address the matter due to the road’s economic significance.
The statement read, “The Oron Elders Forum, a leading socio-political organization in Oro nation, congratulates President Ahmed Bola Tinubu on his inauguration as the President of Nigeria. We are optimistic that he will build upon his established track record. The forum appeals to the Tinubu-led federal government to reassign the fifth segment of the East-West road, considering its importance to the states’ economies and communities it traverses. We also urge the federal government to ensure the completion of the 23.4km road initially awarded in 2014 to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) by former President Goodluck Jonathan.”
The forum also called on President Tinubu to support the Akwa Ibom state government in constructing the Ibom deep seaport by allocating the necessary funding for the project’s realization.
Additionally, the elders’ forum requested Governor Umo Eno’s intervention in addressing the poor state of the Nsit Atai-Okobo-Oron road, which connects the state capital, Uyo, to the airport. They emphasized the road’s detrimental impact on affected communities. They urged the governor to promptly allocate the project to a reputable contractor, as done with other successful regional road constructions.