Akwa Ibom people have called on the state government to revisit the abandoned Science Park project and make it a reality in view of its socio-economic importance.
They stated this in an interaction with our reporter. According to Mr. Jackson Akpan: “It is a well known fact that the Akwa Ibom Science Park would have remained a very critical tool in the development of the state but now that place is in shamble and the place is now a bush. Of course we could remember that the project was awarded for construction during the Obong Attah administration which ran into a storm after the major contractor SBT JUUL, South Africa and other sub-contracting firms received N5.2 billion out of the total contract sum of N6.billion and abandoned the project.
“But what surprises me is that even after various committees had been set up by the state government and the House of Assembly, one thing was evident; some thieving contractors may have colluded with some state officials to corruptly enrich themselves at the detriment of the dream of the Ibom Science Park.
“I will thus call on the state government to wake up and revisit that project for it would be better than the promised 31 industries. That project can be the starting point of development in this state.”
Also speaking, Mr. Uduak Ekanem expressed displeasure and disappointment over the state of the Ibom Science Park, noting that it does not speak well of the state that pride itself as centre of uncommon transformation and development.
“I am aware that the state government, in the 2012 budget, had allocated funds towards completing the project but this has not happened. I believe all Akwa Ibomites will want to give clarion call to the state government to take urgent steps to ensure that a fresh set of contractors return to site and complete the work. It is Governor Akpabio that will take credit at the end. It shall also be to his credit that Akwa Ibom Science Park has become an international centre for online business and learning,” he added.