- The Akwa Ibom government wants to federal government to intervene in the dilapidated federal roads in the state
- Governor Udom Emmanuel made the call while inspecting his government's intervention work on some failed portions of the Calabar-Itu highway
- The Akwa Ibom government has been emarking on palliative measures on such roads to ease the pain of commuters
The governor of Akwa Ibom state, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has appealed to the federal government to urgently intervene in reconstructing collapsed federal highways across the state.
Governor Emmanuel made the call while inspecting his government's intervention work on some failed portions of the Calabar-Itu highway.
He stated that the collapse of the post war federal road, an important linkage between the south-south and south-east regions, has severely affected free flow of traffic, economic activities of the people and caused untold hardship to residents and commuters.
According to him, despite paucity of funds, his administration has intervened in some of the federal highways to ease the hardship encountered by motorists.
Other projects inspected by the governor were the ongoing over head bridge (fly-over) project at Ikot Oku Ikono/Ekom Iman roundabout, Uyo LGA; Uyo - Etinan road project/Etinan roundabout, Etinan and Ekpene Ukpa Bridge, all in Etinan local government area.
Two months ago, Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, called on the federal government to re-assess all roads constructed over 20 years ago with a view to reconstructing failed ones.
He made the call on Sunday, September 22 while inspecting ongoing work on failed portions of Warri-Benin highway being reconstructed by the state government.
The governor said that many federal roads across the country were aging, advising the federal government should do a total reassessment of such roads and intervene promptly.
“If the federal government fails to act fast, I am afraid we are going to be overwhelmed one day by the magnitude of failed roads,” he stated.
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