Angry youths from various communities in Akpabuyo Local government Area of Cross River State, on Wednesday, blocked the Ikot Edem Odo/Ekondo axis of the Akpabuyo/Bakassi Expressway , protesting over the deplorable condition of the road.
One of the youths, Edet Asuquo, said they were protesting over bad condition of the road ,which had caused untold hardship to the people of the area.
Asuquo described the road, especially ,the Ikot-Edem-Odo/Ekondo axis ,as a death trap, adding that several lives had been lost on the road owing to the presence of heavy duty trucks.
“We have made several appeals to both the state and Federal Government and even, the United Cement Company ,whose trucks ply the roads, but the situation has remained the same.
“So, we have decided to take our destiny into our own hands, if this is the only way the government will listen to us.”
Owing to the blockage, some public service workers, who reside in Akpabuyo could not find their way to work in Calabar.
A civil servant, Okon Asim, said he could not go to work in Calabar because of the prevailing situation.
“In fairness to the protesting youths, the situation was not a surprise to us because we are the worst affected. The condition of the road has become unbearable,” he said.
Reacting, the Chairman of Akpabuyo Local Government Council, Dr Patrick Okon, said that he had written to relevant authorities on the condition of the road.
“FERMA came and did some patches in different portions of the road but that was not enough. The condition of the road is too bad, especially that particular portion.
“On our part we have done our best but money is not forthcoming as expected, ‘’ Okon said.
The chairman, however,said he had contacted the FERMA office in Abuja ,who directed the Zenith Construction Company to resume rehabilitation work on the road immediately.
The State Security Adviser, Mr. Rekpene Bassey, also pleaded with the youths to remain calm as the state government and relevant authorities were doing everything possible to put the road in good condition.