Pepsi Junction is a road in Uyo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, which connects the State capital to Abak Local Government and its environs. The road was constructed in the previous administration alongside that of Idoro Road as an alternative route to ease traffic.

Before now, the road ( Pepsi Junction ) was not used by many commuters and motorists, but since the closure of Ekom Iman Junction due to the ongoing construction of flyover, the road became the only entry point to Abak town, Ukanafun, Oruk Anam, Etim Ekpo from Uyo.If one wants to go to Aba, Abia State through Azumini from Uyo, it is the road he or she will follow.

Following the closure of Ekom Iman road early last year by the state government, the lives of road users have been endangered due to the narrow nature of the road which causes accidents on an almost daily basis.

It is observed that when plying the road, seeing an incoming Heavy Duty Truck will compel one to park for the vehicle to pass or will face the risk of loosing one’s life.

Due to the fact that there is no any other motorable alternative way for the road users, the road is so deplorable that the trucks are falling on daily basis, thereby causing accidents to other road users.

It is worthy of note that Akwa Ibom State Government under the leadership of of Mr.Udom Gabriel Emmanuel should have put the lives of the people of the state into consideration before closing Ekom Iman Junction to traffic. He should have constructed another alternative route or put the existing ones in good condition to avoid loss of lives as it is happening on the road presently.

The road users especially the people of Ikot Mbon Ikono in Uyo Local Government Area and that of Ediene in Abak Local Government Area (beside Mercy Hospital ) on first week of August, 2020 heed a sigh of relief when the then Commissioner for Works, Mr.Ephraim Inyangeyen announced that the road would be ready in the next weeks.The reconstruction of the road actually commenced with the grading and blocking of the road with iron bars.

The state government even went furter to prounce a punishment on any truck that plies on the God was kind with them as there was a longer August break this year which the work would have been completed as stipulated.

The only alternative route provided for the heavy duty trucks was Ikot Ekpene High way to Abak which they violated and nothing was done to them.

It is however, an established fact that the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr.Moses Ekpo is from Abak L.G.A and passes the road to his hometown, yet has apparently refused to do something about the deplorable condition of the road. Even Elder Imoh Okon, who is from Ikot Mbon Ikot in Uyo L.G.A has also done nothing about the road.

As the road users continue to suffer on this road; the question begging for answer is : After the completion of the flyover at Ekom Iman, will the state government give due attention to the road or will they abandon it like this?

For instance, Akwa Ibom State since creation in 1987, has been blessed with good leaders who have been providing citizens with good road networks.It is therefore, optimistic that as the rain wines down, the road will be reconstructed to boost development and growth.

By Joseph Chima

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