The Member representating Ini State Constituency and Chairman House Services Committee in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon (Dcn) Lawrence Udoide JP has made a case for immediate government intervention on Nung Ukim-Ukwok Road in Ini Local Government Area.

Hon. Udoide who made the case today 18th July, through a motion sponsored by him drawing attention of the assembly to the deplorable state of Nung Ukim-Ukwok Road, stated that the road, one of the economic viable road networks in Ini Local Government Area (with Okon River which links Aba Itiat and Atan communities with Nung Ukim, Ikot Idut, Usuk Ukwok) has finally
become a dead trap for the people and has brought life to a complete stall.

He explained that the people of these communities in 1981, fabricated a concrete bridge to give access to Dr. Clement Isong, the then Governor of Cross River who visited to commission the Health Centre in Odoro Ukwok. According to him, the bridge functioned as a link between these communities to enable commercial and
social interaction.

Udoide decried how the local bridge is currently in a dilapidated state occasioned by flood and erotion which hitherto, has separated the people from economic, commercial and social activities. He maintained that the people of Ukwok are now trapped in their own land.

“The situation above has occasioned and brought about untold hardship to the people, farmers cannot convey their farm produce to the market, schools are closed, hospital and health clinics cannot be accessed, pregnant women are compelled to patronize traditional birth attendants, life expectancy is low, morbidity and mortality rates are high. People are helpless and hope is far from sight without prompt intervention by our amiable Governor in the Arise
Agenda.” He said.

He stated that his people are helpless due to the deplorable
situation of the road. He therefore, called on Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly through the House Committee on Works and Transport; and the House Committee on Rural Development and Public Utilities to, as a matter of urgency, visit and undertake inspection of the road and appraise the condition of the affected communities. He also called on His Excellency Pastor Umo Eno, Governor of Akwa Ibom State
to intervene and award a contract for the immediate construction of the Nung Ukim-Ukwok Road to ameliorate the suffering of the people and rescue the affected communities.

Speaking in support of the motion, the Member representing Ikono State Constituency Rt Hon Asuquo Udo said, the road which happens to be situated in his federal constituency, is in its worse state and does not require any remedial work but alright construction.

In his remarks, the Member representing Etim Ekpo/Ika State Constituency Rt Hon Mfon Isung said his first contact with the road was during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senetorial ward. According to him, the road is very deplore and deserving of immediate government intervention.


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