Views of the 1-kilometre flyover commissioned by Former President Olusegun Obasanjo at the invitation of Governor Udom Emmanuel in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Friday.
July 16, (THEWILL) – Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has prayed God to give Akwa Ibom State a suitable successor at the Hilltop Mansion to step into the shoes of Governor Udom Emmanuel and continue the development strides in the state.
Obasanjo, who was speaking at Ikot Oku Ikono, Uyo in the Akwa Ibom State capital, before cutting the tape to inaugurate the 1 kilometre flyover on Friday, said having a good successor was even more important than having a successful administration as a good succession plan is part of the success of any government.
The former President said: “Your success does not stop with your economic and social development to your people; but it would be measured by your succession because success without a good a succession is hollow.
“I pray and pray again that you would have a good successor.”
He praised Emmanuel for not letting down those like him who supported his second-term ambition, and for not disappointing the people of the state who voted for him to win in 2015 and return to office in 2019.
Obasanjo said the 1-kilometre flyover built by the state government was a project worth celebrating anywhere in the world, stressing that the Governor was apt in managing resources because his previous background before coming into power put him in a better stead.
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He described himself as a lucky man to have the flyover built along Olusegun Obasanjo Way, a road previously named after him in 2016 by the Victor Attah administration.
On his part, the Governor said the execution of the project was not a show of affluence but prudence in the management of the state’s dwindling resources.
According to him, at the last Federation account meeting, a little more than $1 billion was shared for the use of over 200 million Nigerians.
He said: “When people see us commission projects like this, they think we have money. We don’t because it is now extremely difficult for some governors to even pay salaries. So we are not celebrating excess wealth but a result of creativity.”
He promised to award contracts for the reconstruction of the adjoining roads and bypasses damaged by the diverted vehicular traffic while work on the flyover was ongoing in the past two years.
The Governor also said that in the coming dry season, his administration would kick-start the inauguration of several dual carriage roads such as Ikot Ekpene-Uyo Road and Eket remodelling project.
Also speaking, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Works, Prof Eno Ibanga, explained that the project commenced on July 15, 2019; and since it was billed to be completed in two years, the state had even surpassed the deadline because COVID-19 had disrupted its progress for several months.
THEWILL reports that the immediate hosts of the project, the people of Ikot Oku Ikono, and indeed Akwa Ibom State expressed excitement at the beautification of a road erstwhile an eyesore and death-trap to motorists and pedestrians.