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A’ Ibom Assembly seeks govt  intervention on Calabar-Itu federal road

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Akwa Ibom State Assembly

By Christopher Okon,  Senior Correspondent Uyo

 The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has directed the State Ministry of Works to intervene on the failed portion of the Enen-Itam axis of the road, with a view of alleviating the plights of the road users and residents of the area.

The House gave the directive, recently at the plenary sequel to a motion of urgent public importance raised by the Member representing Itu state Constituency, Hon. Kufre Abasi Edidem who informed the House of the deplorable state of the Calabar-Itu road, particularly Enen-Itam axis of the road. He said members of his constituent and other road users were expressing difficulties plying the road, and pleaded that the state government be urged to undertake urgent intervention measures on the road in the interest of the people.

Reacting to the motion, lawmakers argued that the current situation of the road was affecting economic activities as the road connects Akwa Ibom with neigbouring Cross River State. Members for Ibesikpo-Asutan State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Uko, Nsit Ubium, Barr Otobong Bob, Etim-Ekpo/Ika, Hon. Mfon Idung, Uyo, Hon. Anietie Eka, Hon, Abak, Udeme Otong, Ukanafun, Dr. Charity Ido and the Chief Whip, Rt. Hon. Emmauel Ekpenyong in their separate contributions sympathized with residents of the area and other road users who ply the road.

They wondered why the Federal Government was still dragging it’s feet on the said road, years after it publicized that contract had been awarded for the construction of the road. The Assembly Members agreed that it has become expedient for the State government to intervene on the Federal road, since majority of those who use the road are Akwa Ibom people.

Uyo representative, Ekah said “It is disheartening that the Federal government seems to be playing politics on the road. It’s high time we separate politics from human live”.

Reacting, the speaker Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey said though the Assembly was aware that the said road is a Federal road, it was necessary that urgnt intervention be undertaken to ameliorate the plights of the people. He ruled that the matter be referred to the State Ministry of Works for urgent intervention, and directed the Clerk to communicate the decision of the House to appropriate quarters for necessary action.

 

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