Following the devastating state of the bridge leading into Mbiakong community in Uruan Local Government Area, the Village Head Eteidung Hyacinth Nyong Okon Ekpenyong, has appealed to the state government for quick intervention in order to forestall further loss of lives.
The Village Head explained that as a people who are self-sufficient, they need nothing from government other than good access road to enable their children attend school as well as transport their farm produce to market.
Speaking with newsmen who visited the community for on the spot assessment, the Village Head noted that the bridge has been in bad state for more than a decade.
“The bridge has been a cause of great concern to us as a community.
“The other time, the speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey came with his people, they inspected the bridge and promised that government will salvage the situation. Till today we have not heard from him.
“We don’t need food, or money from the government. The only thing we need is good road network so that development can come into Mbiakong.
“We are hardworking people, what you’ve seen so far on the bridge is the effort of the community.
“Our youths had to go into the bush to cut woods to place on the bridge, without that we would be totally disconnected from the other communities. Unfortunately, those woods have decayed.
“Our children have been lost because of the bridge. Our children cannot go to school. How bad does Government want our situation to be before they intervene?”, he queried.
Investigation showed that the bridge linking Mbiakong community with other villages was constructed during the civil war when Akwa Ibom State was under South-Eastern State.
The bridge links Mbiakong Uruan to Ikpa Uruan which leads to Calabar Itu bridge and would have been an easy access route to Cross River State.
Meanwhile, the community shares a common boundary with Ekamba Nsukara Offot in Uyo LGA and extends to Nwaniba beach as well as the land occupied by Ibom Icon Hotel.
Tricycle rider trying to cross the dilapidated bridge
Written from Ekemini Akpan’s story.