Youths on mass protest in Akwa Ibom, block major roads, no vehicular movements

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The youths are currently on a protest in parts Akwa Ibom State.

Reports reaching News Express say the area completely taken over by the protesting youths is the major road linking Ikono in Uyo Local Government Area, and Abak.

According our source, the governor, Udom Emmanuel, has built a new flyover at a junction on the road at a point known as Ekom Iman. During the construction the flyover, there vehicular diversion to another road leading to Abak and other local government areas in that axis.

The said road thus became unmotorable due heavy vehicular movements and all pleas to the governor by the affected communities to fix the road fell on deaf ears.

According our source, the new flyover is scheduled to be commissioned on May 29, and the deplorable condition the road caused by the construction of the flyover remains.

“The youths of Ikono and Abak have come together this morning (Wednesday) stage a protest. How can the governor destroy our only major road linking many local governments in the state and now wants to commission the flyover without fixing our roads as he met them? We are going to occupy the entire roads and wait for (governor) Udom to come and meet us here,” said one of the protesters.

Efforts reach the state Commissioner for Information proved abortive as his line not available as at press time.