Incessant Road Mishaps At Ikot Akpaden Junction Worry Resident
By; Patrick Titus, Uyo
Incessant auto-crash around the Ikot-Akpaden junction in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State has left more sorrows than joy in the daily lives of the residents in recent times.
One of the first class chiefs, Etebom Moses Ukpong, the Ikpa Ibom of Mkpat Enin while speaking with journalists, lamented that no fewer than 25 lives have been lost from January to August 2020.
Etebom Moses said Ikot Akpaden Junction which leads to East West Road, Ikot Abasi, Onna and Eket is accident prone area as it is wide without a roundabout
The Monarch spoke on Tuesday when the leadership of the Civil Liberties Organisation in the State led by its Chairman, Otuekong Franklyn Isong on a Good Governance tour of the State visited his palace
He also lamented the deplorable state of roads littered the community which according to him has brought untold hardship and suffering on his people.
The Royal Father wondered why a community which plays host to coconut refinery, Ibom power plant, and the State University, could be ridden with poor road infrastructure and network as this has taken a negative toll on the economic growth of the community.
He however called on the indigenes of the community both at the state and federal levels to join hands and build the community in order to leave a legacy.
According to him, “Ikot Akpaden junction has become a death trap in the community. The junction is too wide and we have lost not just our sons and daughters but other travellers from neighboring local governments and states through accidents.
“We call on His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel to look into the matter and construct a roundabout for the people of Mkpat Enin.
“We also call on well meaning sons and daughters of Mkpatenin to learn from Ekong Sampson who has graciously drilled boreholes for us.”
Also when contacted, the immediate past Commissioner for Environment, Ekong Sampson, an indigene, said that Mkpat Enin has been marginalised in terms of road network, adding that relevant authorities have been contacted and hopefully something would be done soon.
In his remarks, the CLO State Chairman, Franklin Isong regretted that the deplorable nature of roads in the local government had crippled the economic activities of the community as traders and other business men from other states have been discouraged from coming for business transactions due to the bad conditions of the road.
Isong who called on the state government to intervene and construct durable roads for the community said not fewer than 380 potholes and gullies of varying sizes have been spotted from Ikot Akpaden junction to the end of the road.
“The roads in Mkpatenin are in a deplorable state. The CLO is not happy with what it saw on ground. The State government should construct new roads for the community because what we saw was beyond rehabilitations. The potholes and gullies we counted from Ikot Akpaden junction to the other end alone were not less then 380.
“Mkpat Enin is an economic hub of the state which hosts the coconut plantations and refinery, the State University, Power Plant, Market etc should not be neglected. The nature of roads here has actually dwindled the economic activities in the area.” Isong noted.