The Akwa Ibom State Government has assured the elders and stakeholders of Eket that the ongoing 18000-seater Eket ultra modern sports stadium complex will be completed by May 27 this year.
The State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Sir Monday Ebong Uko said the commissioning of the project will form part of the first year in office anniversary of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s second tenure in office.
Leading some leaders of Eket, including the Chairman Frank Archibong, Paramount Ruler Obong Etim Abia, the leader of Eket Senatorial District, Chief Nduese Essien, President General of Ekid Peoples Union Dr. Samuel Udonsak and that of Afigh Iwaad Eket, Pastor Godwin William among others, Commissioner Monday Uko said that Governor Emmanuel was passionate about enhancing sports activities in the state.
He maintained that the sports center which comes with a football pitch, tartan tracks, basketball and tennis courts, among others, is being constructed with the best standard facilities and specifications, adding that the major equipment and facilities for the edifice had been imported from the best producers in the global sports industry.
“As you can see, work in the facility is on course and before the rains set in, we would have been done with the roofing and laying of the turf and tracks.
“The Governor has given us directive to ensure that we deliver this project on May 27 and we are also bent on ensuring that we do not compromise the standards.”
Sir Uko maintained that despite series of negative criticisms, he has remained focused in his assignment to execute a world class facility in line with the vision of the Governor, adding that the best way to answer to such attacks is to show results.
The Eket leaders who were shown round facilities at the stadium expressed appreciation to the Governor for the project and urged that the stadium be complimented with ancillary facilities outside the complex.
Chairman of Eket Frank Archibong, said he had always been confident of the sincerity of the Governor towards the project, adding that he has always paid impromptu visits to monitor the quality of work and has never been disappointed.
“Since the state has more than one football team in the elite division, we would like one of the teams to make Eket its home ground to afford Eket people access to quality top flight football”, Mr Archibong added, maintaining that he will also institute sporting activities for school children and youths of the area.
The façade, the astro turf, the tartan tracks and seats are ready to be installed at the stadium, the Commissioner said while showing the stakeholders round the facility.
Others in the delegation were renowned Professor of Communication, Desmond Wilson, former House of Representatives member Bassey Dan Abia jr, former Commissioner Ita Umoh Udoh, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Nsudo Nsudo, state PDP Treasurer Akpadiaha Ebitu, Eket PDP Chairman, Emmanuel Mbong, among others.