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Rescue Road Linking Akwa Ibom and Abia, Group Urges Akpabio

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BEVERLY HILLS, March 22, (THEWILL) – The Akwa Ibom Democratic forum (ADF) has appealed to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to rescue the deplorable Nsasak-Urua Inyang-Ikot Uko-Azumni Road to alleviate their transportation trouble.

The group’s appeal came on Monday during the formal inauguration of its Ika Local Government chapter.

According to them, the over 20-kilometres road, which is another gateway connecting Akwa Ibom and Abia State, started from Nsasak in Essien Udim Local Government Area and passed through Urua Inyang, Ikot Uko in Ika Local Government Area to end in Azumini, Abia State.

ADF, which spoke through its Coordinator, Barr. Uyobong Udom, also called on the Sole Administrator of NDDC, Barr. Effiong Akwa, to ameliorate the sufferings of the people of those communities, noting that the road had been listed for construction by the agency over the years without positive action.

Addressing members of the group after the inauguration of the chapter executives, the Director-General of the group, Obong Emem Ekperikpe Ekpo, recounted the economic viability of the road when constructed, assuring them that he would take their passionate appeal to Akpabio and Akwa.

According to Ekpo, “We have to thank God for providing our grand leader Chief Godswill Akpabio with another unique office to continue his good works to the people. He always has Ika people at heart and will use his good office to ensure the quick delivery of the road project for public usage.”

The former member of the House of Representatives recalled that Akpabio’s generosity manifested greatly when he was a Commissioner and he (Ekpo) the Chairman of Ika Local Government Area.

In his words, “Chief Godswill Akpabio as Commissioner shunned personal aggrandisement to build people and bridges of friendship across the state.

“He came to serve the state not to become a Governor but worked himself to become the Governor. In one of our foreign trips as Council Chairman then to South Africa, all the 31 council chairmen in what we called South African Accord endorsed him to take over as next Governor after Obong Victor Attah because of his selfless service and deep love for the people.

“That endorsement materialised in 2007 and Akwa Ibom witnessed uncommon transformation. As then Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, he also gave us (then council chairmen) the opportunity to serve the people well.

“In Ika, he approved and supported my building the Unity Hall in the Council among other projects. He is the most popular living Akwa Ibom person today and we are very proud to associate with him as our grand leader.”

Also speaking, a former Deputy Inspector-General of Police Mr. Udom Ekpoudom urged the newly inaugurated executives of the local chapters of ADF to remain focused on the ideals of the group.

Ekpoudom, who recalled the many achievements of Akpabio, as Governor, Senator and presently a serving Minister, eulogised him as a man who remained a visionary, pragmatic and trustworthy leader and urged ADF members to follow in his footsteps.

The inaugurated chapter coordinators included: Barr. Uyobong Udom, Mr. Ubong Afia and Mr. Uduak Etim Udom.