Flooding: Okon youths embark on self help on Eket -Etinan highway



By Emmanuel Paragon Mbong

Worried by incessant spate of  flooding between Ikot Okudomo and Ikot Nsidibe axis of  Eket - Etinan road , some concerned youths of Okon Eket extraction,  this evening took it upon themselves to manually channel the flood to a nearby  bush within the vicinity,  so as to make suffering  motorists plying that route have a sigh of relief.

This is not unconnected with the heavy downpour of the past few days which has rendered that patched and deplorable portion of the road impassable .

According to the spokesman of the group, Comrade  Peter Emmanuel Uwot aka Adebayo, he passionately appealed  to the Gov Udom Gabriel Emmanuel led administration to come without any further delay,  to the aid of the good  people of Okon Clan in Eket Local Government Area who voted enmasse for the state ruling party and delivered all the party's candidates at the just concluded national polls.

"Our brethren in Okon supported and cast their votes for the Peoples Democratic Party in the general elections and all its candidates came out victorious when the chips were finally down, are we not supposed to reap where we sowed bountifully,  by benefiting from the much needed dividends of democracy?  He further queried.

Comrade Uwot stated that as right thinking youths of this geopolitical zone,  they are duty bound to work harmoniously for the general well being and development of their immediate  community because they have no other place than Okon.

He concluded with a tone of finality  that these remedial measures so far  taken are just temporary but called on relevant authorities to seek permanent solution to this long lasting problem.

 A  pupil of QIC Primary School, Okon nearly met his waterloo last Friday at the flood site but was quickly rescued by good samaritans at the scene of the incident.

It is indeed an irony and twist of fate that, despite these shortcomings and anomalies,  some traffic agencies still have the guts and effrontery to make that portion of the failed road a permanent " toll gate "without exploring ways of nipping this problem in the bud.

Let's wait and see what the powers that be, will do urgently to alleviate or ameliorate  the suffering of the regular  passers by along the highway

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