A federal road construction by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc at Nkim Itam in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state has reportedly been “stopped” by one Bernard Ekpenyong.
The contractor handling the Itu-Odukpani road, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, has been violently obstructed and stopped from continuing with the project by one Bernard Ekpenyong at Nkim Itam in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state. This was confirmed by the Federal Controller of Works in Uyo, Engr. Ukpong N.
The violent Ekpenyong, who had continued to threaten to violently stop the works over bogus compensation and damage claims by which he seeks to sensationally milk the Federal Government of about N200 million, has finally obstructed and stopped Julius Berger from going forward with the project.
A visit by Forefront to the site indicated that the said Ekpenyong, employed the services of youths of Nkim Itam to carry out his violent disruption of work. This is just as he openly planted fetish material on Julius Berger equipment on site thereby preventing the contractor’s equipment and personnel on site from further work and progress on the project.
Trouble started when Ekpenyong reportedly claimed that the road project had caused his filling station to be flooded.
According to the newspaper, Julius Berger had, in May 2020, drawn the attention of the state’s ministry of works to “the poor channeling of huge surface runoff water from a nearby automobile assembling company” which could cause flooding.
The ministry was said to have obtained approval from its headquarters in Abuja for the drainage to be enlarged, while financial compensation would be paid to owners of the affected properties.
However, Ekpenyong was said to have insisted on being paid first before the new drainage system could be channelled across the entrance of his petrol station.