Jonathan Launches First Longest Bridge project in Akwa Ibom
Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan has commissioned the first longest bridge in the South-South region and the fourth in the country constructed by the Akwa Ibom State Government.
The 1.15km Uko Ntighe Afi bridge links Mbo and Etibe communities in Esit Eket local government areas of the state.
The bridge was initiated by the previous administration of the state but construction was stalled until Governor Udom Emmanuel re-awarded the contract in 2018.
Jonathan, in his speech during the inauguration, said that the bridge would improved the economic activities of the people.
He noted that the project is one of the longest bridges in West Africa and the length of the bridge is so nice even at the night.
“Gov. Emmanuel had delivered several projects and built many bridges but this particular bridge, I am commissioning today, is a flagship project. It is the fourth longest bridge in the country and the longest bridge ever built by a state government. It takes somebody with total commitment to improve the quality of life of the people and to embark on such projects,” Jonathan said.
He explained that Gov. Emmanuel’s strategic plan had delivered great dividends of democracy to the people of Akwa Ibom.
“We are here to commission a special projects which is designed to promote economic growth and improve the life of the people,” Jonathan said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the bridge was executed by Gov. Emmanuel, in Mbo, and has been described as the fourth longest in Nigeria.
In his remarks, Gov. Emmanuel said he has satisfied his conscience with his achievements across the state.
He added that despite criticisms and the falsehood peddled against his government, he had tried not to be distracted.