Abuja - The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) expressed satisfaction at progress made at the construction of the 600-metre bridge at Ibeno in Akwa Ibom State.
According to the Managing Director of the Commission, Bassey Dan-Abia, the new NDDC board is also committed the commissioning of the mega-bridge, and the 6.8-kilometre Iko-Atabrikang-Opolom-Iwuo Achang Road.
Dan-Abia noted that the road and bridge had provided a major link for several communities that were hitherto locked up in swampy terrain.
He said to get the full benefit of the mega-project, there is need to embark on the second phase of the project.
“We need to embark on the second phase which will take off a lot of load from the Eket – Ikot-Abasi Road. If it was not provided for in the budget of the Commission, we will see what can be done about it,” said the official.
He expressed satisfaction with the quality of the road and the long-span bridge.
“I am particularly impressed by the fact that these were done by an indigenous contractor,” said Dan-Abia.
The supervising engineer for the project, Etim Eyoette, informed the Managing Director that the design for the second phase had already been done, and that work was progressing at another 36-kilometre Ikoro-Ntafra-Opolom road with eight bridges to link up the Ibeno Bridge after the second phase is completed.
According to him, the road would shorten the distance for those travelling from Ibeno to Port Harcourt, as they would no longer need to pass through Eket.
A representative of the Ibeno community, Enyima Inyang, said locals were delighted that the first phase of the project had been completed.
He however appealed to the NDDC to quickly initiate action towards extending the structure to reach other communities in the area.
– CAJ News