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Gov Eno Approves Intervention To Salvage Imminent Collapse Of Correctional Facility In Uyo

The governor indicated the consent during an unscheduled inspection of the project, at the Dominic Utuk Avenue axis of the project site.


FILE: Governor Umo Eno. Facebook/Umo Eno

 

Governor Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom State has approved the expansion of the scope of work on the Uyo-Ewet gully reclamation and beautification project to salvage the Nigerian Correctional Service facility threatened with collapse.

The governor indicated the consent during an unscheduled inspection of the project, at the Dominic Utuk Avenue axis of the project site.

He commended the project contractor for opening up the area to expose the devastating erosion menace behind the facility and assured them of the state government’s intervention to avert the imminent collapse while hoping to get refunds from the Federal Government through appeals.

Governor Eno reiterated his administration’s commitment to maintaining a healthy relationship with the President Tinubu-led Federal Government to foster development and ensure the people of the state benefit optimally from being a federating unit of Nigeria.

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“That’s why I keep saying to people, you can’t fight the Federal Government. You can only partner with them. Any Governor who decides to fight the Federal Government is doing so at the peril of his people.

“As you can see, this is a federal prison, but we can’t just allow it to go. We know the effect. God forbid if this collapses, there’ll be jailbreak and you will have these people back to society. We need to work on it,” the governor stated

He commended the commitment and giant strides recorded by the contractor on the job, especially for identifying hazards in the process of execution of the project and for taking the initiative to solve problems beyond the original scope of the job.

“I decided to stop by for an unannounced visit. That’s how you check some things and know if your contractors are serious. So, I thank him so much. For me, all of these discoveries, we thought it was just this area but we thank him. He is not just concentrating on the scope. He has gone beyond the scope and I want to thank him.

“Honestly, I never knew the devastation was this much. All of this was covered by bush, and you won’t even know the extent. This is literary taking down the walls of the prison. That’s the tower and it’s very close to collapse. If we don’t intervene on time, you will wake up one morning and it’s gone,” the governor said.

He reaffirmed his intention for the project to go beyond just reclamation of the gully menace to creating a tourism site.

“This is not just a reclamation. It has become a tourist site. He told me he would deliver this in December for us to use,” an excited Governor Eno said.

“You don’t know the amount of joy I have that we are beginning to create a message out of this mess. That’s a whole joy for me.”

The managing director of the contracting firm, Bulletin Construction Company, Chief Faysal Harb, thanked the governor for his approvals and kind words.

He restated his company’s commitment to deliver the job by December in line with the governor’s wish.