The House of Assembly Committee on Works and Transport has expressed deep concern over the deplorable condition of roads, as well as flood and erosion menace in Ukanafun and Ini Local Government Areas.
Chairman of the Committee Prince Idongesit Ituen, who led members on routine inspection of disaster areas in Ukanafun and Ini, sympathized with the people and pledged to make recommendations for quick intervention by the state government.
At Ukanafun Local Government Area, the Committee accompanied by the chairman and members of the Ukanafun Transition Committee, defied a heavy downpour and inspected the Ikot Anta-Northern Ukanafun-Nkek Village-Southern Ukanafun road which is in a state of disrepair as well as the flood situation in Ikot Udo Obobo.
The Supervisor for works in Ukanafun Local Government Mr. Ime Atakpa, explained that the road traverses four clans in Ukanafun and leads to the blue river tourist site with a one-point-five kilometer waterway from the beach to Rivers state, but was inaccessible due to its rough and sloppy terrain.
In Ini, the Committee was received by the Local Government Supervisor for Works, Mr. Uwem Robert who conducted the lawmakers round failed portions of the road and gully erosion sites.
The committee inspected the Odoro-Ikpe-Ikot Efa-Ukwoke road project abandoned by NDDC since 2008, the Ananamong-Itu Mbonuso road devastated by a gully as well as Ikot Ekpene-Mbiabong-Ikpe Ikot Nkon-Iwerre-Arochukwu road being cut off by erosion.
An elder statesman in the area, Chief Otu Robert Akpan and a member of the House of Assembly representing Ini State Constituency, Mr. Emmanuel Bassey lamented the hardship and loss of lives caused by the menace.
They said the House Committee’s visit to the area has rekindled the hope of the people and solicited state government’s urgent attention to ameliorate the situation.