The trunk road linking four-two junction and Ikot Akpaden (all in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area) has effectively collapsed. This may not be unconnected with the fact that the link road that vehicles coming into Akwa Ibom state (Ikot Abasi LGA) via Port Harcourt, was impassable for some weeks and consequently, those vehicles (mainly heavy duty), that would have naturally come-in from Port Harcourt via Ikot Abasi to Ekparakwa, etc had to now navigate from Ikot Abasi to Ikot Akpaden, connect four-two junction via Ikot Akpaden and head on to various destinations like Uyo, Calabar, etc.
The scenario above occurred for only three (3) days, before the Ikot Akpaden/four-two road started showing signs of imminent collapse. The pictures below show the state of the road as of Tuesday 06/09/2016.
The collapsed portions are located between Mkpat Enin LGA Headquarters and Ikot Akpaden. A visit by aksu360 showed the road in conditions which was impassable to cars and heavy duty vehicles. Vehicles that were left stranded as at the time of the visit included those belonging to Coca-Cola, Dangote cement, Petrol tankers, Julius Berger and several others conveying Fulani goats, among others.
The residents of the area are calling on the relevant government agency to immediately come to their rescue by commencing emergency repair of the said road. Prominent institutions located in the vicinity of the collapsed road include: Community Secondary Commercial school - Esa Ekpo, Canaan Polytechnic - Ikot Obio Akai, Secondary School – Ukam, Federal Government Girls College - Ikot Obio Itong, Akwa Ibom State University, Ikot Akpaden, among others.
With the present state of the road, travellers coming from Ikot to Ikot Akpaden, now have to get to Uyo or Ikot Oku Ikono and locate Etinan via Onna before making any head-way. The immediate implication is an additional loss of one (1) extra man hour on the road – time that would have been better spent productively at work, etc.
Meanwhile travellers and the general motoring public are hereby urged to make use of alternative routes to make it to their destination.
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