It will not be an overstatement to say that, residents of Uyo metropolis will soon have cause to smile particularly, those living in flood prone areas, as the state government embarked on massive construction of internal roads within the Uyo metropolis. Flooding, over time, has been a major challenge to residents of Uyo urban center. The metropolis is argued as being synonymous to flooding, one might have concluded that, perhaps, since there are no drainages in most of the beautiful roads constructed within the state capital, then there is possibility of streets being flooded, whenever it rains. Be that as it may, the effect, incessant flooding has left on its victims, are not only devastating, but often make them panic because of the incessant flooding of these streets, whenever it rains.
Some of the streets, like; Akpaube Close, off IBB Avenue, Ekperi Close by Akpaube, Idak Ukpa Street, off Aka Etinan road, Afaha Atai village crescent road, in lbesikpo by Tropicana, Vision close in Nsukara Offot, Udotong Ubo Lane, Akparen Street, Nung Atai Street, Ibiono Lane, Unit D line in Ewet Housing Estate, Ediye Samuel Street, off Edet Akpan Avenue, Akpan Ndem Street by Ewet Housing Estate, Unit G Line in Ewet Housing Estate, Eden Udo Close, Oniong Offot Street among others have been devastated by flooding whenever it rains.
Nevertheless, since Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration has meant so well for the good people of Akwa Ibom, tackling the problem of flooding with over 65 internal road projects, 45 in Uyo and about 20 in Eket has become a priority to the state government. Leading a team of seasoned Engineers from the Ministry of works, accompanied by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry on supervision tour to these project sites yesterday with a view to compel contractors handling these projects to expedite action in ensuring that, these projects are completed within the scheduled time frame, and in accordance with specification, the Honourable Commissioner for Works, Hon. Akparawa Ephraim Inyangeyen, assured the people of these communities that, Governor Udom Emmanuel is determined to impact their lives positively and add value to their existence.
According to the Honourable Commissioner, His Excellency, the Governor has received reports sometime ago about incessant flooding whenever it rains in some of the internal roads within the Uyo metropolis. He said, on receiving the reports, the Governor has mandated him to find out the situation of things in line with the reports. Commissioner Inyangeyen said that, on getting to Ewet Housing Estate Extension, the streets unfortunately, were devastatingly flooded. While reporting back, he said, there was an order by His Excellency, the Governor that, the menace be addressed.
He said, the roads were actually interwoven, comprises of 14 roads within the Housing Extension, stressing that, there was no how, the Housing Extension would be de-flooded without working the entire 5km, which is about 14 roads within the Extension. According to Commissioner Inyangeyen, the aforementioned internal roads in this article, including the 14 roads at the Ewet Housing Extension among others, when completed, the state government would have constructed well over 45 internal roads in Uyo metropolis. He maintained that, these streets have linkages, and with that, he said, will afford the people the privilege of linking to the main road, as well as, being interconnect.
In all these internal roads however, apart from the massive work going on on these streets, one thing I observed that is most profound, is the quality of drainages built on both sides of these streets, even the Honourable Commissioner has commended on the job well done.