Akpabio sabotaged takeoff of Ibom Science Park, group alleges
•No, erosion threat did, ex-governor replies
A group, Akwa Ibom Good Governance, has alleged that ex-governor
sabotaged the unsuccessful takeoff of Ibom Science project.
It made the allegation in a statement by its president, Ubon Benjamin and Secretary, Effiom Antai.
The group lamented that the project was sabotaged after a whooping N3 billion had been invested in it.
Akpabio in his defence, had cited alleged mismanagement of the project fund, and the proximity of its location to erosion prone environment as reasons for its abandonment.
But the group disagreed, saying the former governor failed to develop the park for political reasons.
It expressed disappointment that the failed project had the capacity to change the face of information communications technology (ICT) and improve research and development in the country.
But, media aide to Akpabio, Mr. Anietie Ekong, said the allegations of the science park and others were wrong and false.
According to him, the location of the project is erosion prone, such that no matter the building erected there, it would be threatened.
He added that under the circumstance, it would cost more to address the challenge than the cost of the project itself.
Ekong said: “The project is prone to probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), because its total cost was N5.6 billion and the Attah’s administration had paid N5.3 billion upfront, whereas the work done is not up to N400 million.
“If a project is N5.6 billion and the government paid N5.3 billion upfront, you would expect the contractor to move the project to a reasonable level.”