Bad Road: Akwa Ibom Community Battles Exxon Mobil- Threatens To Shut Alternative Routes

Except the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) handling the construction work at Eket/Ibeno road expedite action on the project, motorists, especially ExxonMobil Mobil workers may soon face tough time as community has threatened to block the only alternative route leading to and from Ibeno.
This, according to reliable sources who confided in our correspondent in Edo community, Esit Eket local government area, following the gradual breakdown of the road leading from Ikot Afaha and Edo community to Ibeno said to be mostly plied by the company’s workers as a result of the poor state of the main Eket Ibeno road.
As a result of this, it was gathered that some angry residents of these communities, mostly youths, have concluded plans to protest the use of the road especially by the company’s vehicles.
The communities however, frowned at the level of community relations and the corporate social responsibility existing between the company and the host communities in recent time, describing it as unfriendly.
The lackadaisical attitude of the company to the host communities include lack of road maintenance, poor facilities in schools, lack of portable drinking water, skill acquisition training and other basic amenities as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility to the host communities, the people said the company has not been doing well in these areas in recent times.
Our correspondent, who visited the Esit Eket/Ibeno road, gathered that the newly constructed road has begun to dilapidate with deep potholes all over the area without any move by the company to proffer remedy to the situation.
An activist in one of the communities who preferred to remain anonymous, while speaking to our correspondent in the area said the they have not been satisfied with the level of corporate social responsibility of the company, especially in terms of the road maintenance.
According to him, ”we are not happy over the level of the company’s relationship with the host community. Just look at this road, the company was supposed to fill up these potholes since this is the only alternative road they have been using since the original Grace Bill road has been in a critical condition and as such we are not happy, the road is gradually spoiling and nothing is done about even by the ExxonMobil”.
The people of the affected community, however, called on the company handling the construction work on the road to expedite the work on the construction of the road to help minimize the risks encountered by motorists.

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