As part of activities to mark the third anniversary of his administration, governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel would inaugurate 34 new roads and other projects in the state.
The state commissioner for Works, Mr. Ephraim Inyangeyen, who made this known in an interaction with newsmen in Uyo said that the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road recently rumoured to have been abandoned would soon be completed.
Inyageyen who said that the state government has asked the federal government to refund to the state the money it spent on the reconstruction of federal roads in the state, explained that of the N140 billion owed the state, the federal government had approved the refund of N70 billion after the certification of the roads.
He said that payment of the entire sum would have facilitated the completion of the ongoing 25-km Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road also being undertaken by the state government.
“For several of the federal government roads constructed by the Akwa Ibom government, the federal government is owing us N140 billion. They have assessed and certified the federal roads constructed by the state and made approval for an initial refund of N70 billion; not even a kobo has been refunded till date.”
He also said that the state government would not allow any company lay pipes or cables along the ongoing Uyo-Ikot Ekpene-Aba Road without payment of revenue to the state government.