Akwa Ibom tasks EU on projects
Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom state in southern Nigeria has urged the European Union (EU) to adhere to supervision and quality control in projects execution and implementation in the Niger Delta region.
Governor Akpabio made the call on Thursday when the EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. David Macrae, paid him a courtesy visit in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
Mr. Macrae was accompanied by the Executive Secretary of the National Planning Commission, Mr. Fidelis Ukpo.
He noted that supervision and quality control was important if EU's contribution to Nigeria must be effective and appreciated.
“Therefore with EU, we will take your projects seriously. We already have a team on ground that will continue with the right quality of things that you are doing.’’ Governor Akpabio said.
“In Akwa Ibom, we have completed over 260 urban roads with intervention in at least five federal roads and none of them will have potholes in the next 50 years,” Akpabio promised.
“The State Government will work with the team- MPP9- so that when next you come, you are coming to commission the project and not just to introduce it.” He added.
Counterpart funded projects
Macrae said that he was in Akwa Ibom to establish water and sanitation Micro Projects.
Macrae said that it is a micro project funded by the local governments and States and pledged to commence the execution of the projects in Akwa Ibom.
He noted that Akwa Ibom was an important state in the Niger Delta given its volume of crude oil.
He stressed the need for partnership and close working relationship between the state and the EU.