Governor Udom Emmanuel has commissioned 168 reconstructed houses and a water project at the Wellington Bassey Army Barracks 6 battalion, Ibagwa, Abak, Akwa Ibom State.
The commissioning, which took place on Wednesday August 30, is part of activities to celebrate Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary.
According to Governor Emmanuel, as a responsible federating unit, Akwa Ibom state Government will continue to support federal institutions to function properly.
“The pitiable situation of the barracks caught my attention when I came on inspection with the then Commander of 2 Brigade. What I saw was very disturbing and I decided that I will change the story of this barracks for good.
“Today we are witnesses to the new aura of this barracks as we commission the Phase 2 of my interventions here in this barracks.
“I decided to add the water scheme to help the residents with their water needs and improve their living conditions.
“I have been told of the issues relating to power unavailability in the barracks and I’m determined to do something about it, by next year this time, we will be here again to commission the power infrastructure .”
Earlier, the Commander 2Brigade Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. FU Mijinyawa expressed the appreciation of the Chief of Army Staff and gratitude of the leadership and men of the brigade, on the qualitative and prompt delivery of the projects.
He thanked the Governor for his consistent care and concern for army personnel and other security agencies in the state.
The Commissioner for Housing, Otuekong Raphael Bassey, whose ministry supervised the reconstruction of the barracks, assured that standards were strictly observed in the execution of the entire reconstruction.
The second phase of the reconstruction comprised of 84 houses for soldiers of the rank of Corporal and below, in addition to the houses earlier commissioned, bringing the total number to 168.
The wife of one of the beneficiaries, Mrs Isah appreciated the Governor for giving them a comfortable accommodation and good source of drinking water.
She said before the Governor’s intervention, their houses were leaking and life was very difficult.