Monday, November 9, 2015

THE DEPLORABLE CONDITION OF IKOT EKPENE-ITU-CALABAR FEDERAL HIGHWAY

NIGERIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT; AKWA IBOM STATE ANS CROSS RIVER STATE GOVERNMENTS PAST AND PRESENT 

WHAT IS THE EXCUSE FOR THIS SITUATION OF HUMAN SUFFERING? 

Cry My Beloved Country Nigeria!!!..... Watch the accompaning Video to this commentary and please comment and share your views.


The video and pictures are provided courtesy of Imo Udoima and Ray Ugba Morphy. The video is a follow-up to my Commentary reproduced below on the terrible current situation in Ikot Ekpene/Itu/Calabar Road on November 8, 2015. 

The road condition has gotten so bad that a small boat transportation market has sprung up ferrying desperate and stranded passengers from Akwa Ibom State and the Cross River State from one end of the impassable federal interstate highway to the other end. 

COMMENTARY ON THE DEPLORABLE ROAD CONDITION OF IKOT EKPENE/ITU/CALABAR FEDERAL HIGHWAY 
By Dr. Tom Okure
Date: November 9, 2015
Acknowledgements: Video and Pictures Courtesy of Imo Udoima and Ray Ugba Morphy
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Picture Courtesy of Ray Ugba Morphy
I encountered or should I say suffered this same despicable Inhumane road situation in Ikot Ekpene/Itu/Calabar road during my home visit and research tour of Nigeria between March to end of May this year and wrote about it. 

Many other people have written about and called attention to this sickening road situation for more than 15 years with no result or adequate policy attention taken by both the state and federal governments responsible for maintenance of these roads. 


Picture Courtesy of Ray Ugba Morphy
Self interest and political corruption of elected office holders takes precedence over the delivery of basic infrastructural improvements to better the lives of citizens throughout the country. The same deplorable road situation is also witnessed in the Ikot Ekpene/Aba federal road and Aba/Port Harcourt interstate roads intended to connect the states. 

The result is that each state remains isolated and commerce or economic activity which triggers rapid social and economic development is stultified. When will our policy makers learn?What happened to the federal road contracts we heard about that was supposedly awarded by the Jonathan administration to correct this situation? What a shame and disgrace to the Nigerian government! Misplaced priority and misallocation of limited economic resources is costing Nigeria too much in human suffering. 


Picture Courtesy of Ray Ugba Morphy


Now that the oil fortunes we enjoyed just a year ago in terms of high inflow of budgetary revenues are gone, what will we do to trigger the takeoff in economic growth that we so badly need? Or are we (the masses) supposed to simply resign ourselves to a permanent state of misery and Underdevelopment?







Video by Imo Udoima of the Deplorable Road Condition Of the Akwa Ibom State and the Cross River State Inter-State Federal Highway

This is the road that leads to Calabar from Uyo...My Brother was a President of this Country for 6 years yet couldn't patvh a spot on this road..this is how it has degenerated to..yet some Charlatans are saying that He was the best for the Country...Thunder..........
Posted by Imo Udoima on Friday, November 6, 2015

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