BY Abigail Isaac
The member representing Mbo State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Effiong E Johnson has called on the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel and other relevant agencies to help construct the deplorable bridge in Udesi village of Mbo local government area.
According to the lawmaker, Udesi bridge is the only access road that links the people of Ebughu, Enwang, Uda, Udesi communities all in Mbo local government area with Urueofong/Oruko local government down to East West road.
In his words “Udesi bridge has been abandoned for more than twenty years and it needs an immediate intervention by the state government and other relevant agencies due to the negative effects it has on the people.
“We have recorded not less than 20 deaths while trying to cross the dilapidated bridge. Our women cannot cross to their farms again and businesses in the area are all shut down due to poor access roads.
“It could be recalled that in 2000, I drew the attention of the then Governor of our dear State, His Excellency Arch. Obong Victor Attah who came with his cabinet members, inspected the road down to where we have the Udesi bridge and promised constructing it for us and again promised the community during his re-election campaign in 2003.
“It breaks my heart every time I visit my village and witness what my people have to go through on a daily basis because of the dead-trap, ” he lamented.
Meanwhile, Chief Johnson has commenced the grading of Udesi roads in Mbo Local Government Area. The new roads are expected to cut across nine villages that make up the community.
The lawmaker noted that the new development promises to revamp all sort of economic activities in the area and it would ease transportation of goods and services in the community.
Meanwhile, the community people have appreciated Mr. Johnson for responding to their yearnings. They prayed God’s blessings and protection towards their MP who has touched so many lives in a very short while.