No fewer than 28 rural communities in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State have been given succour from poor internal roads network that hindered their access to key economic locations like markets, schools and farmlands.
This was made known by the Executive Chairman of Mkpat Enin Local Government Area, Hon. Ekanem Brown who spoke with reporters in Mkpat Enin last Friday, after inspecting a drainage-cleaning project in Mkpat Enin urban community.
The Council Chairman said that his administration is taking advantage of the current dry season to better the lots of rural dwellers by deploying grading machines to the 4 clans of the LGA in order to open up vital economic routes most of which, according to him, had become bush tracks due to many decades of neglect.
The LG boss further asserted that during the massive road grading exercise, which he said began in first week of December 2019, his works department has graded over 60KM of rural roads for 28 benefitting villages in the Local Government Area.
In his words, “we decided to take advantage of this dry season to give succour to our people in the rural communities. As you can see work is still going on, and we began this in first week of December. From the report I got yesterday, more than 60kilometers of rural roads have been graded so far, and 28 villages that needed the intervention most urgently have been given succour”.
Speaking further, he said “In Ikpa Ikono clan for example, the Ibekwe – Ikot Uya-Ikot Mkpenyene-Ikot Edar-Iffe Town-Ikot Essen Akpantuen-Ikot AbasiAkpan-Ekpuk road that we have graded is a 14kilometer road that links up to 9 villages to the Ikot Abasi highway at one end and Mkpat Enin urban area at the other end. That road was last graded about 10years ago and people of the area have been suffering over poor access roads”.
He listed other rural roads graded across the LGA to include: Ikot Isighe -Ikot Okopodong-Ukam rd, 11km, Ikot Abasi ufon -Ikot Obio Akwa road, Ikot Ekpe Market road, virgin rd opened/graded in Ikot Ekpe, 5 internal community rds graded in Mkpat Enin Urban, 9.8km Ikot Okopodong -Ata Nnuk road; 14km Ibekwe- Ikot Uya_Ikot Mkpeyen-Ikot Eda-Iffe town-Ikot Essen Akpanntuen-Ikot Abasi Akpan- Ekpuk rd.
Other roads graded by the Local Government Council Chairman include; 5.6 Ibiaku – Esa Ekpo- Ikot Ediong rd, 5.6km, Minya – Ekim road, 2 internal community roads graded in Minya Central Community, Ukpum 2.
Ikot Eyiehe -Iton rd and 3 rural roads graded in Ikot Eyieghe.
Hon. Ekanem Brown disclosed that more communities will benefit from the ongoing grading before the end of the dry season, adding that his administration will also take a step further by ensuring that drainages in the urban areas are free from dirts and blockage that could barrier free flow of rain water during the rainy season.