Youths of Abak Midim Waterside village in particular and Abak in general as well as residents of Hospital road in Abak local government area have expressed anger over the neglect by the state government, the Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo, the state House of Assembly from Abak, Elder Friday Iwok and the representative of Abak Federal Consitutency, Mr. Emmanuel Ekon.
The people have particularly lambasted Ekpo, the number 2 citizen and son of the area for not taking steps to make government fix Hospital road that link more than 20 communities, saying that despite efforts made to attract government attention, it was ignored until the total collapse.
Some of the residents who bared their minds at the site of the collapsed road told The Sensor reporters that the community raised an alarm on the threatening erosion several months ago but nothing was done to it except political visits, to assess the situation.
The youth Chairman of Midim Waterside, Mr. Aniekan Sunday Joshua said that the community had before now, written several letters to government without any positive result. The visibly angry youth leader expressed failure of state government to come to their aid at a time they needed such aid most.
Corroborating the youth chairman, the village head of Midim Waterside, Sir Robson Jumbo Akpan said that the ravaging erosion that now collapsed the road, had earlier claimed the lives of three of his subjects.
The monarch also revealed that the erosion had also destroyed some buildings in his village and all the appealed to government had not been considered.
“This community has suffered enough because of the erosion. When the erosion swept three children in this village, we raised an alarm. We have written to the Ministry of Works, no reply. We have done our best to ensure that government comes to our aid nothing has been done. Government has abandoned us to our fate. What have we done to deserve this inhuman treatment. Let governor Udom Emmanuel use his Dakkada Philosophy and rise up to tackle the menace that is threatening lives”, the monarch said.
Some other residents who spoke with our reporters said that the collapsed road has before now been a subject of political campaign in the area. They vowed to frustrate those in authority who would want to use it again as a source of campaign in 2019.
“They are already campaigning for 2019. They are watching our people die. They would come for campaign and we will see what they would tell us.
“before the collapse of this road, Moses Ekpo plies here every Sunday to go church, now he has dumped us here. he is not fair to us”, a resident of the area told The Sensor.
The sensor learnt that apart from Hospital road that leads to many communities and Uyo, the state capital, there are five other threatening erosion sites in Abak. This include old Abak Uyo road and the one that is on the verge of collapsing the Multimillion Independence Hall and Abak Local Government Secretariat.