Fear Grips Residents as Gully Erosion Eats Hospital Road, Abak

Hospital road

The people of Midim waterside in Abak Local Government, Akwa Ibom State are apprehensive of the looming disaster staring on their faces as gully erosion recently cave-in part of the Hospital, Manta road in Abak.
The effect of gully erosion on the road which was recently worsened by a heavy down pour in the past two weeks has raised serious concern among the residents of the area and motorists plying the road.
Speaking with this reporter one of the residents of the area Mr. Nseobong said the gully erosion has wrecked havoc in the area over the years. He recalled that an Apostolic Nursery School that was cited in the area was swept away by the gully erosion. Mr. Nse also hinted that the Winners Chapel Congregation have finalized plans to relocate from Midim Waterside due the menace of this gully erosion which is gradually sweeping away their church edifice. The source further lamented that if urgent step is not taken to checkmate the situation, all their houses in the area would be swept away by gully erosion.
Also speaking with this reporter, a civil servant resident in the area who would not want his name mentioned on print lamented that the havoc caused by the gully erosion would have been averted if there is proper utilization of the ecological funds received by the state from the federal government.
Divine Sunday, a motorist plying the road said during an interaction with this reporter havoc of gully erosion on the road is worsened because of lack of drainage system in the area. This reporter also observed that the Manta hospital road which was constructed during the first term administration of former Governor Godswill Akpabio now the Senate Minority Leader does not have gutters by the sides to control running water.
Meanwhile, the residents of the area have charged the house member representing Abak State Constituency in the State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Friday Iwok who recently visited the scene in company with the transition chairman of Abak Local Government Area Hon. Emmanuel Udosen to match words with action by urgently drawing the attention of the state government to the gully erosion menace which is threatening the life of residents and motorists plying the road.


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