By Henshaw NYONG
The ongoing construction of a 4km Mbiatok – Mbiaya Uruan road which cuts across Itu and Uruan Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom State, initiated by Governor Udom Emmanuel less than 2 months ago, is eliciting excitement among residents, The TOWN CRIER can authoritatively report.
Residents of Ekritam Akpanobong and Mbiatok communities in Itu have however, expressed gratitude to the state government for the ongoing work.
One of them, distinguished Senator Anietie Okon, said, the road, when completed, will put an end to the suffering and anguish it caused to the people because of how risky it used to be.
Senator Okon, who spoke with Journalists, shortly after the inspection of the road by the Ministry of Works team, said, the project has brought relief to the entire area and neighboring Uruan community.
Recalling that users of the road, especially traders, who travelled to other communities to sell their goods, faced tough times while coming back home due to its poor nature, Okon hinted that, when completed, the road would improve the economy of members of the two areas.
“We are expecting a boom in the economy of this area because our people will soon move their goods using the road without experiencing the hitherto suffering”, Senator Okon observed.
While praising the government of Mr Udom Emmanuel for bringing the long-awaited expectation to fruition, Okon assured the Governor of his peoples’ support till 2023 to help his administration do more for other areas.
Another resident, a trader; Mrs Ekaette Edemenang, who had to beg our reporter to take her reaction, said:
“Whenever there was rain, most houses would be flooded. Many businesses suffered because of how bad this road was. Now we are grateful that our plights have been lifted courtesy of the Udom Emmanuel administration. May God bless him”.
Meanwhile, a large crowd turned out to welcome the inspection team led by the State Commissioner for Works, Akparawa Ephraim Inyang, Permanent Secretary; Elder Effiong Essien as well as contractors and engineers from the Ministry.