The 21-floor smart house built and completed by Akwa Ibom State government gulped 10 million Euros which is equivalent to N5,030,459,487.
The building, also known as the Dakkada Towers, whose construction was handled by VKS Nigeria Construction Ltd was officially declared open by Governor Udom Emmanuel in March this year for lease to high-earned clients.
Governor Udom Emmanuel announced this Sunday, May 30 during a special Inter-Denominational Thanksgiving Service held to mark the sixth anniversary of his administration at Believers Assembly of Nigeria, Uyo.
Emmanuel said he ploughed in the money into the building, but he did not disclose the source of funding the project and how much rents will accrue to the government yearly.
The Dakkada Towers located at Banking Layout in Uyo is being run with 24 hours power supply.
The building contains necessary facilities and equipment of a smart building, including four elevators, two emergency exits, fire protection sensors and an aviation wing.
The tower has an access control with components like card reader, biometric control keypads, central stand-alone server workstation, electric lock hardware cabling for doors, boom barrier for cars, automated cards, automated turnstiles, fire protected doors and time attendance reader.
It also has a firefighting electric system, fire extinguisher hose reel, technical rooms E30 cabling S90 fire, protection sprinkler system, intelligent smoke detectors and fire alarm panel connected to the CCTV room.
The building has LED lighting, touch-screen control KNX occupancy and motion sensors, digitally Addressed Lighting Interface – DALI, and many more.
At the church service, the governor, therefore, advised the people to support the vision of advancing development in the state and to desist from blackmail which could attract huge undesirable consequences.
Reflecting on the mercies of God, he acknowledged Him for leading the state through a turbulent economic times occasioned by the outbreak of Covid-19.
“We are standing here to give God all the glory, the psalmists will tell you, ‘O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good for His Mercies endureth forever. We are thanking God for extremely tough six years economically; we’ve been challenged on all sides but we are not depressed. So, we want to give God thanks for those six challenging years God has led us. He has helped us to keep faith.
“We thank Akwa Ibom people also for your support. I have not seen a government in Nigeria today that has enjoyed than I have enjoyed in Akwa Ibom. May God bless you all,” he stated.
The Governor assured to deliver all his promises to the state pointing out that his commitment to the development of the Akwa Ibom remains absolute as he will continue to serve passionately and diligently.
“I want to assure my people that we will continue to serve God through all of you and please we need everyone’s cooperation just to pray with us let God take us to where we are going.
“Let me sound a bit of warning. Stop castigating the Governor that he has built an International Worship Center. You don’t understand what I am doing. I am raising an altar that will negate every other speaking. I am raising an altar that will take us to where we are going to.”
Delivering sermon on the theme Rest from the Days of Adversity from Psalms 94:13, Emma Isong, the General Overseer, Central Chapel International, Calabar, said adversity does not come to God’s people without reasons.
Isong, a bishop said adversities seek to try the word of God upon the lives of God’s people, expedite a fulfillment, bring them closer to God and activate a new covenant, humble and expose a man’s heart.
While expatiating on the significance of the sixth anniversary Thanksgiving Service, he declared that as God allowed six days of work and rested on the seventh day, so shall Akwa Ibom State in the remaining years of Governor Emmanuel’s administration experience rest from all adversities and fulfillment of the Completion Agenda.