Wednesday, 20 March 2019

A promise Fulfilled, as Ayade begins construction of 60m Abim bridge in Etung

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State 
| 13 March 2019 | Ukorebi 

The campaigns and electioneering are over and for Ayade, winner of the just concluded, 2019 governorship elections, work has begun in earnest. As a way of fulfilling his campaign promises, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade, has commenced the construction of a 60 meters bridge in Etung Local government area, home town of his arch rival in the just concluded elections.

According sources familiar with the road and its environs, residents and indigenes of Southern Etung will now have reasons to smile as the years long clog in their wheel of progress will be a thing of the past.

The completion of the said Abim bridge will link Okuni, Okoroba and Ekang road,  all in southern Etung where the Senator elect, Ntufam Sandy Onor comes from. This will also boost economic activities as well as abate poverty for the locals.

Primetime Reporters reported that the road had been abandoned for close to 50 years by previous governments. It also stated that the adminstration of Mr. Donald Duke and Sen. Liyel Imoke attempted working on the road, but their attempts could not leverage the pains of the people as nothing was done about the said bridge. What the people resorted to was the use of boats to ferry people and goods across. 

According to Comr. Asu Okang, the Commissioner For Youths and Sports Development in Cross River State, and a native of Etung local government area, he said he was short of words at this overture by the Governor and for even allowing direct labour to allow the young men the opportunity to benefit from the job. 

Asu assured Cross Riverians of the good intentions of the governor even when he said "government had not provided enough services to the people to demand taxes from them". Asu insisted that the governor will leverage on that to provide quality services that will give the state a facelift.  He made it clear that allowing locals to be part of the job, is just a way of the governor making them have a sense of belonging, a sense of partnership that government recognizes their abilities and requesting that they put it into use not for free but to have the opportunity of getting even a little from government and from what will benefit them. 

The young and energetic Commissioner therefore, promised to assist in every available indices within his disposition to ensure the success and completion of the job. 

Pictures and images reaching TDN as at press time indicates that work had since commenced on site as youths and the entire communities are said  to be pleased with the governor.