Flood threaten multi-billion naira road in Akwa Ibom

Lack of adequate maintenance makes a good project face collapse. This is the case of The Uyo Nung Udoe Road, which was inaugurated by former President Goodluck Jonathan on June 25, 2012. The multi-billion naira road, which was described during its inauguration as uncompromised architectural designs and finish, with brightest street lights, was constructed by a former Akwa Ibom State governor, Godswill Akpabio.
It has been discovered that some sections of the edifice was failing. A resident of Nung Oku, Mr. Okon Etuk stated that for more than a year, the road had not been swept, adding that whenever it rained, the water usually washed the filths that covered little holes which let water into the gutter. He explained that as most of the holes had been blocked, they prevented the water from passing through them into the gutter, and this, he said, resulted in flooding of the road.

According to Etuk, “Unlike the time the road was inaugurated when the street lights worked till 7am, they are now switched off between 11.30pm and 12am. Most street lights in Uyo are currently switched off at this time; the town then becomes horribly dark.”

The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, said the road maintenance was one of the riot acts the governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, read to the local government in the state.
He said that some councils had complied while the others had yet to comply. He noted that it was the responsibility of the local government areas to sweep roads.
“The government is working on all these things now. We will draw relevant departments to all the issues that have been raised,” he said.

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