Ahead of the inauguration of the Nung Oku Ikono flyover facility this month,Indigenes and non- indigenes in the State have expressed joy, and commended the State Government for taking steps to check unruly traffic situation at the roundabout.
Speaking at the site of the project, Mr Musa Garba, a wrist watch seller, who said he has been in Akwa Ibom for 29 years, stated that the project has come to control the ugly traffic situation which in the past had resulted in wanton destruction of lives and property in the area.
Garba explained that, as a wrist watch hawker, he had witnessed so many traffic mishaps at the former round about, and now that Governor Udom Emmanuel has taken steps in the provision of the flyover to re- direct traffic up from the Teaching Hospital axis through Ediene Abak, the measure has reduced the volume of vehicles and other road users that hitherto attempted to navigate the former round about to Etinan, Abak, Idoro Road and the Teaching Hospital route.
He thanked the Governor for the gesture and urged him to do more to earn the confidence of the people to support his administration towards the completion agenda.
Mr Ime Nelson Akpan from Etinan Local Government Area said he was happy over the construction of the flyover by the Governor, adding that the facility has provided a new ambience and also improved the aesthetics of the Etinan/ Uyo Road.
Mr Ndueso Ekanem, a resident of Ikot Oku Ikono, said he had been in the area for nine years, that the dualisation of the road was what the area had long expected, against the increased volume of accident there.
Ekanem said that it was the prayer of all and sundry that a flyover be provided to properly direct traffic within the roundabout.
He noted that it was a great feat that the facility has come to stay and believed that the accidents have gone with the former roundabout.
Ekanem further stated that the re- designing of the road network at Ikot Oku Ikono will boost the business engagements there. He commended the Governor for the project.
A woman, Mrs Esther Tom Akpan, who said she is a regular user of the road for church activities, observed that previously the road was an eyesore, occasioned by several mishaps. She said she hails from Mkpat Enin but has lived in Ikot Oku Ikono for long. She expressed her happiness on witnessing the execution of the flyover, and was hopeful that more good things were coming to the area. She lauded the Governor for the gesture.
Mr Anwanhabasi Isaac from Ikot Oku Ikono said he was happy with the Governor on the construction of the flyover, and wished that some facilities that are left will be completed according to specification. Isaac said that the project has come to ease the spate of road accident that used to occured there.
Mr Ini Sambo said, “During the construction of the flyover, there were so many diversions which motorists created to take them to their destinations, and that presently, those axis have been in poor state due to large flow of traffic.”
He therefore called on the contractors handling the flyover to grade those adjourning routes to make them good for residents in the area to access.