The State Government has commenced the demolition of illegal structures erected along roads which contracts have been awarded for rehabilitation.
The Commissioner for Works, Mr. Ephraim Inyang-Eyen who led the operation, said the demolition became necessary as government cannot condone illegal acts capable of truncating its good intention.
Bulldozers and other heavy equipment required for the exercise were mobilized by the contracting firm before the arrival of the Commissioner, accompanied by the Permanent Secretary, and Directors in the Ministry of Works.
The Commissioner and his team supervised the demolition of illegal structures, including, houses, shops as well as tomb stones along Ekpene Ukpa, Awa Ntong, Mbioto, in Etinan Local Government Area, as well as Awa Iman-Ikot Akpan Eshiet up to Mkpok in Onna Local Government Area.
Briefing Newsmen, the Commissioner for Works, Mr. Inyang-Eyen decried a situation where some unpatriotic citizens hurriedly erect illegal structures along roads that government has already awarded contract for reconstruction.
He stressed that government is not ready to tell Akwa people stories on why it cannot construct roads as promised, neither is government ready to go into variations of contract sums, hence the need to pull down the illegal structures.
He emphasized however that government will duly pay compensation on genuine structures to be demolished.
Speaking on claims by some people that they were not informed before the demolition, the Commissioner described this as false, stressing that media houses in the state were used to disseminate information on the matter.
He said the exercise will be continuous especially in Local Government Areas where contracts for road construction have been awarded.

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