By Tom Moses
IKONO—Akwa Ibom State Government has ordered the demolition of shrines, graveyards and other structures which have suddenly sprung up on roads undergoing construction in Ikono Local Government Area of the state.
The directive, issued during an inspection of the 4.6km Mbiafun Nkwongo-Nung Ukim Road, by the state Commissioner for Works, Mr. Ephraim Inyang, was sequel to the emergence of shrines, graveyards and emergency buildings on the road soon after the commencement of construction work with alleged dubious plans to extort or force the government to pay compensation on the land where those structures are erected.
Inyang warned that what the government required from the people at this austere period was cooperation and not arm-twisting to enable government to provide the people with developmental infrastructure and dividends of democracy.
It will be recalled that at least, 1,417 illegal structures including those whose owners had received compensation but refused to relocate to allow contractors handling the dualization of the 91. 7 kilometres Uyo-Etinan Road and the 39.4 Etinan-Ndon Eyo Road, Etinan Local Government Area stretching to Awa-Iman in Onna Local Government Area of the state to do their work, were demolished penultimate week by the state government.