Driven by the need to create urban areas that meet aesthetics of the 21st century, the administration of Governor Godswill Akpabio pursued urban renewal with unparalleled vigour. This resulted in the beautification of major cities like Uyo, Ikot Ekpene, Eket, Ikot Abasi and Oron, with colourful water fountains, directional signage, exotic flowers, pedestrian walkways, lining pavements, road markings, street and traffic lights. Tree planting along major roads, coupled with the efforts of members of the Green Brigade, engaged by the Akpabio government to regularly sweep major streets, has helped to provide a cleaner and healthier environment for the citizenry.
His government also acquired land in different parts of the state for urban renewal and developmental purposes. The following are some of the lands that the government has acquired for urban renewal:
- Land at Nwaniba, Ifiayong Usuk and Mbiakong, for ecotourism and expansion of Ibom Golf resort.
- Land for Ibom Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone, at Ibaka, in Mbo and Ibeno local government areas.
- Land for North Industrial Estateat Ikot Abasi.
- Land at Owot Uta, Ikot Ambon and Nnung Ette, for residential estate.
- Land at Ekpadip and Ibiaku Ikot Ukpong for residential estate.
- Land for residential estate at Ikot Obong Edong, Ikot Otu and Uruk Uso, in Ikot Ekepene Local Government Area.
- Land along Udo Udoma Avenue, for Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Galleria.
- Land at Ekit Itam Obong, in Itu Local Government Area, for establishment of integrated solid waste management facility.
As a practical demonstration of its commitment to ensuring that people are not adversely affected by the current urban development drive, the Akpabio government paid compensation on the following areas:
- College of Health Science at Use Ikot Ebio Offot, Uyo.
- Owot Uta-Nnung Ette-Ikot Ambon residential areas.
- Oron Road dualisation up to Akwa Ibom International Airport.
- Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Centre.
- Access roads to Anua and Ifa Ikot Okpon residential areas. Government paid compensation not only in financial terms, but also through reallocation to individuals whose lands were acquired for developmental purposes.