A total of 565 inter-ministerial projects executed from 2007 to 2013 have been inaugurated in Ikot Ekpene Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom State, Governor Godswill Akpabio has said.
The governor, who spoke yesterday during a town hall meeting and constituency briefing at Ikot Ekpene Council Hall for Ikot Ekpene Federal Constituency, gave a breakdown of the projects as follows: Ikot Ekpene got 189, Essien Udim, 266 and Obot Akara, 110 projects.
Dressed in a traditional attire, Akpabio further mentioned roads in the constituency to include dualised portions of Abak – Ikot Ekpene Federal Road, Uyo – Ikot Ekpene Federal Road, Ikpe Annang – Ukana, Umo Obot, Ibo, Market and Adadia roads, among others.
Akpabio, who is also the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Governors Forum, hinted that a Turkish company had taken over the running and management of Sunshine Batteries Industry, Ukana, which is to generate employment opportunities for many youths in the state.
On the citing of a three-star hotel in Ikot Ekpene, the governor, flanked by his wife, Ekaette Unoma, disclosed that the 12-storey hotel with 150 rooms, 12 suites and two presidential halls to be run by Sheraton Groups, would be inaugurated before he leaves office in May 2015.
He recalled, “In the year 2007, and again in 2011, you loaned me to our dear state to recreate, reformat and reboot the state. In all these years of my labours for our dear state, you have remained a bulwark of support and encouragement. For this we owe you a debt of gratitude”.
According to him, “This ancient city holds a lot of memories for me, some of which stretch back to my childhood. I still remember the narrow paths we used to take to school and to the markets”.