AKON EYAKENYI CALLS FOR DUALISATION OF FEDERAL ROADS IN AKWA IBOM STATE
The Senator representing Akwa Ibom South senatorial district in the National Assembly, Dr. (Mrs.) Akon Eyakenyi, has called on the federal government to dualise deplorable federal roads in Akwa Ibom State.
Senator Akon Eyakenyi who made the call while contributing to a debate on the floor of the Senate, noted that the deplorable condition of the Ikot Ekpene – Umuahia – Aba Highway, the Calabar-Itu Highway and the East West Road, which, she said construction work stopped in Eket local government, need urgent attention of the federal government.
The Senator stated that the bad roads link various States of the federation together, and also serve as major access for economic activities between the people of South East and South South geopolitical regions in Nigeria.
She asserted that the roads which stretch up to Uyo and Oron in Akwa Ibom State, need very urgent attention of the Federal Government, saying that now that the rains are here, something urgent should be done on these roads to ameliorate the sufferings of the people and commuters who ply the roads.
“Mr President, it is unfortunate that everyday issues of road construction, dilapidation are brought up here in the Senate to draw the attention of the Federal Government to their deplorable state, and action seems not to be taken by the federal government.
“Mr President, the traders and commuters of these roads are forced to go through long diversions on a high transport cost on them. Most times, our people are harassed and robbed by hoodlums and bandits who also raped our ladies in the process,” Senator Eyakenyi said.
Dr. Akon Eyakenyi urged that while waiting for a permanent solution by way of dualisation of these roads, the federal Ministry of Works and the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) should be directed to carry out repairs of the bad portions of the federal roads including patching up of potholes as a temporary measures.
Mr. Francis Eyo
Special Assistant on Media to Senator Akon Eyakenyi
7th July, 2020.