By Nse-Abasi Odiong
Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Special Duties and Ibom Deep Seaport, Dr. Bassey Okon on Wednesday embarked on an inspection tour to the Victor Attah International Airport.
Dr. Okon was conducted round various ongoing project sites at the airport, including: Parallel taxi runway; Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) section; Terminal building access roads; Control and Command Center; VIP Car park, among other sites.
In a chat with newsmen during the inspection, the commissioner said his visit was to enable him get familiar with various ongoing projects at the airport and know contractors handling the projects to ensure strict adherence to specifications and delivery. “As a newly sworn-in Commissioner, it is my responsibility to be abreast myself with the level of progress in all the project sites within my jurisdiction. That is why I am here. The essence of the inspection is to ascertain the overall level of progress and this has to be in line with the completion agenda of His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel. Timeline has to be drawn in each of these projects and we have to follow the contractors to ensure that they comply with this timeline”, he said.
Speaking at the MRO project site, Engr. Onur Uzel said that the current work at the MRO section was at about 90 percent completion level. At the access road of the terminal building, the project supervisor, Engr. Inimfon Obot of the VKS Construction Company said work on the Four access roads with Roundabout would be completed in one month’s time.
Another project contractor, HENSEK Integrated Services Limited, represented by the Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Uwem Okoko informed the Commissioner that the VIP car park is at about 90% completion and that the work will be completed in two weeks’ time.
At the end of the inspection, the commissioner expressed satisfaction with the level of work done and charged all contractors handling various projects to redouble their efforts to ensure they complete their work on time. The Commissioner was accompanied to the inspection by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties, Engr. Udosen Ephraim and other staff of the ministry.