Uyo Residents Lament, Seek Govt’s Intervention Over Collapsed Internal Roads

Uyo Residents Lament, Seek Govt’s Intervention Over  Collapsed Internal Roads

INIOBONG SUNDAY, UYO

Residents of Tabernacle Road and the adjoining streets on the Uyo Capital city have bemoaned their plights as the major access point from the Ikot Ekpene road axis into Nelson Mandela, have collasped and shut them in.

The people lamented that despite the award of contract on the roads since 2018, the gtate government was yet to keep its promise, leaving them in perpetual state of agony and suffering.

Worst affected as the rains set in, according to them include; Tabernacle, Nelson Mandela, Afaha Ube, Etaha Itam Market and Ikpewe roads.

A retired civil servant and resident of the area Mr. Effiong Umoh, in Uyo attributed the deplorable conditions of the roads to excavation of earth works by the contractors who later abandoned the roads
He explained the activities of the contractors have caused untold hardship to residents as flood had sacked some of their buildings and rendered many homeless.

Umoh, who lamented that he was badly hit by the flooding revealed that resources from his gratuity earnings which he invested into his business was washed away by flood after downpour in 2019.  

“The flood also destroyed my entire households, certificates and other vital document, and pulled down the fence of the compound. My household and other tenants have been counting their losses without any form of compensation from the State Government” Umoh lamented.

Mr Christopher Michael, a welder and resident of Afaha Ube Itam Street lamented that the condition of the road is affecting his business adversely as the street has become completely impassable. “I have been on this road since the last 10 years, and they promised us they would do this road, but, none of the promises fulfilled.

“In 2018, they came and graded this road, and made everybody believe that they would do the road, and more so, the contract was awarded by the state government. After 2019 election, they abandoned the contract. 

“People have not been passing this road again, we are the people that filled this road so that our business can move, but, no way, if you move beyond this point, there is no road, no car can pass there. 

“My vote and that of my family were counted in favour of Gov.Udom Emmanuel, so, we are begging him to come and help us, look at my shop, they pulled it down, because of this road, and the time they did the gutters and stopped here, I was not paid any compensation,” Michael said. 

Also the Village Head of Ikot Abasi Itam Village, host to the popular Itam market, Chief Gabriel Ikpewe, decried that his community has been deceived severally by successive administrations in the state. 

The monarch lamented that spite of many promises made by the present and successive governments to construct the Ikpewe and adjoining streets, none was yet to be kept.

He said called on the state government to keep its electioneering promises made to his community adding that the community members were living in a state of despair and hopelessness after years of abandonment and neglect by successive governments.

“We are not happy with the state of this road, because, in 2015, when the present governor came here to campaign in the market, he promised that he will construct the road. 

“So, in 2018, we saw a contractor who came in dug this gutters, and after then the contractor left, and each time we asked, they kept telling us they would do the road, but, till now, I have not seen them,” Ikpewe said.

However, as at the time of sending this report the Commissioner for Works, Prof. Eno Ibanga, was yet to react to the deplorable condition of the roads.


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