The Akwa Ibom State government has taken more decisive steps to get rid of all illegal structures in Uyo, the state capital.
To this end, the Commissioner for Works and Fire Service, Prof. Eno Ibanga in collaboration with the Chairman, Uyo Capital City Development Authority, (UCCDA), Mr. Enobong Uwah have jointly carried out the demolition of structures on the right of way along Oron road in the state capital.
The demolitions, carried out by Hensek Integrated Services under the supervision of the two government agencies is part of the ongoing expansion of the airport road by Akwa Ibom State Government.
The commissioner who spoke with journalists on the sidelines of the exercise said in anticipation of increased traffic along Oron road leading to the Victor Attah International Airport, the state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel was expanding the road from airport down to Ring Road 3 Roundabout, where several routes will take traffic to different parts of the capital city.
“This is airport to Uyo road expansion project, which will empty traffic into ring road three. The aim of this project is to enable anyone driving from airport to be able to access different part of the city like Nwaniba, Ibom Icon hotels, the Secretariats, the University of Uyo main campus, Aka road even to Ibesikpo without necessarily entering the city to cause congestion.
“It will also enable anyone who wants to access the airport from those locations and routes to access the airport through ring road 3 in record time”.
“You also know that the city is growing, soon, there might be a lot of vehicular movements, so the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel in its wisdom feels that if we don’t expand these roads now, then we are not planning for the future.
“If you observe some of the projects that Governor Udom Emmanuel is doing, you will observe that they are futuristic. We are building for the expansion and growth of the state so that when more vehicles come, there will be ease of traffic.”
The UCCDA chairman on his part, warned property developers to always get all the requisite approvals from various relevant institutions, especially UCCDA before developing their properties.
He said “as you can see, we are expanding the corridors of this road from the airport to the centre of the city. And all the buildings that do not have the necessary approvals are going to be demolished on this road.
“Secondly, those ones that have approvals are going to be paid compensation. So if your building happens to be in the right of way and you have approvals you are going to be paid compensation. But if you don’t have approvals, we will bring it down”.
Uwah further advised asset owners that it was always very critical that they go for the registration of their properties.