Residents of Ewet Housing extension, behind G. Global Hotel, Edet Akpan Avenue, have criticized in strong terms, what they describe as “shody work” by Bulletin Construction Company Limited on a five kilometre road construction, which has led to the destruction of property in the area by flood.
Narrating their ordeal to our correspondent amid tears, a resident whose house was totally soaked by flood, said the company, instead of working on the worst point of the project, had abandoned the area and was now concentrating on the roads to highly placed citizens who reside in the area.
Others said they had made several delegations both to the Managing Director of the Company, Fayal Harb and the state ministry of works without results. When our correspondent visited the scene following a distressed call, terrifying flood was ravaging homes and helpless residents were seen struggling in the torrential rain to control the flood from further damaging their houses.
The fence of a certain Ukim, a PDP stalwart, was the worst hit as it was pulled down by the running water.
It could be recalled that a six years old pupil was drowned about a year ago, a development that attracted the attention of Governor Udom Emmanuel who promptly instructed the ministry of works and environment to commence work in the area.
The sad news, according to them, is that the residents who were jubilating when the state government recently released some money to the company for the contract that was awarded in November 2017, were however disappointed when the road that led to the award of the contract was abandoned and resumed at the residences of highly placed citizens of the state.
A resident who gave his name as John Akpan quoted the MD as saying that the money was released to the company with specific instructions about where to complete and where to abandon.
Another resident of the area Ekong Ukpa told our correspondent that the company had opened up an area which was already water locked and blocked that original water routes, causing intensive flood in the area.
He appealed to the state government to call the company to order and cause them to resume work in the area in order to save lives and property.
However when contacted on telephone, Harb denied the allegations, describing them as mischievous and malicious. According to him, the company was awaiting the completion of the underground drainage at the Ibrahim Babangida Avenue. He said on completion, the underground drainage will take care of the drainage while they complete work on the roads.
He said the state government had already given quit notice to three houses on the affected road and that house rent had already been paid for two of them, even as the properties have been valued, pending when payment would be made.