The Managing Director of Hensek Integrated Services, Engr. Uwem Okoko, has expressed satisfaction on the achievements of the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel in infrastructural development within just eight months of his administration.
Speaking in an interactive session with the New Media Team in his office Wednesday, Okoko maintained that Governor Emmanuel has beat the record of any other Governor in the country; pass and present, in terms of infrastructural development.
Considering the aggression with which Governor Udom approached infrastructural development since he assumed office; it shows that he had his policy, his vision, and his thoughts and plans all cooked and nurtured.” Hensek boss, whose company handles most of the projects emphasized.
Among the projects that Hensek is handling for the state government are the 5km Mkpok-Okat road at Onna LGA, which Engr. Okoko says will be ready for commissioning in March 2015 – 2 months short of expected duration for a project of such standard; the 4.6km road leading to the school of Arts and Science at Ikono and about 700m of internal roads at Cornelia Connelly College, Uyo; and several other road intervention projects handled alongside the State ministry of Works.
The company is also handling some federal government projects like the 330-132/33 KV substation at Ikot Abasi, built to evacuate power from the Ibom Power Plant to full capacity, which according to him will be ready for use in two weeks.
He however commended the Governor for making the welfare of the people paramount, even as he is not restricting himself to statutory scopes of duty in delivering quality road infrastructure to the people but repairs dilapidated roads even with the federal Government purview.
“I want to congratulate His Excellency for taking all these gigantic strides, not minding whether it is federal roads or state. He wants his people to drive on good roads and to eliminate losses of lives through accidents.” He said.
Among federal roads intervention projects awarded by that Governor Udom’s administration to Hensek, are parts of the Abak – Ikot Abasi road that passes through Mkpat Enin, which was nearly impassable previously, as well as parts of the road from Mkapt Enin to Oko-Ete in Eastern Obolo.
The astute Engineer, who is known for his uncompromising stand on quality construction, recommends a total reconstruction for the Calabar -Itu– Ikot Ekpene express way, a severely dilapidated federal asset that has been widely reported as a major hindrance to socio-economic activities in the region.
He dismissed the several interventions done on the roads over the years as superficial patches on an expired road.
Common knowledge holds that civil engineers usually give 20 years guarantee for roads. But Hensek give 50 years guarantee for the roads they build, meaning that if it collapses within the period, they would bear responsibility for repairs.
On whether contracts in Akwa Ibom are given based on political affiliations, he dismissed such thoughts with a wave of the hand, insisting that any company who is awarded a contract in Akwa Ibom must be subjected to thorough assessment procedures to ascertain their ability to meet up with the states standards and time.
“To the best of my knowledge, in Akwa Ibom, contracts are not awarded based on political affiliation but on merit. You will submit your bid, which will go through the finance and general purpose committee and they will consider the bids submitted by several contractors. There are other processes that these submissions must go through.
“There is what is called advance payment guarantee. And nobody gives you the money directly; you cannot just get money from Government like that. It will come through a bank. They will keep releasing to the contractor till they are satisfied”. He explained.