The Akwa Ibom State commissioner for works, Mr. Ephraim Inyang has said that government is settling the compensations of property owners at government sites with all amount of transparency.
Inyang who disclosed this to journalists at the weekend said the manner of payment of compensation was altered so as to reduce the number of court cases that would come and also Check fraud.
According to him, the compensation embarked upon by the Ministry for Lands was full of mutilations and property owners did not have the opportunity to compare the value of their properties and the amount actually paid out to them.
He stated that his ministry which has taken over the compensation has made sure that property owners could access valuers and also compare with the amount paid, adding that so far, they have done a good job in putting smile on property owners faces.
“The manner of payment of compensation had to be altered, and the simple reason is that we are trying to minimize the rate of Court cases, and fraud from people. What we inherited was that people would collect their compensation and still go to court.
“What we simply did was to allow Akwa Ibom people to see that whatever the valuers who had valued said, they had access to that valuers’ report and whatever that was written on the cheques that were meant for them they had access to comparing what was valued and what was paid out”, he said.
The works boss stated that the state government had already paid 60% mobilizations fee to contractors awarded the four area roads in the state, adding that the state government will complete payment before the commissioning by next year.
Inyang said five billion out of ten billion naira the state government got as loan was paid to contractors handling Etinan- Ndoneyo and Etinan- Uyo road while there was an agreement where government gave contractors money every month to stay on the Etinan – Ibeno road.
In his words, “let me announce to you that all the area roads given in the state, 60% mobilisation was paid. It has not happened before. If you go to Ikot Udom in Ibiono, the Ukat road, Awa road, these projects were given 60% up payment, and I guarantee you that the balance of 40% shall be paid. And those roads shall be commissioned in February and March next year.
“For the Eket-Ibeno road, we have reached an arrangement whereby every month, government gives them some certain amount of money that has kept them on that road. The same thing has been done to Etinan -Ibeno.
“For Etinan-Uyo and Etinan-Ndoneyo, I announce to you that the ten billing naira the government got as loan that people were talking, five billion apart was being spared completely to those two contractors”.
– Iniobong Ekponta, Uyo