By Ugochukwu Alaribe
ABA—Deputy Majority Leader of the Abia State House of Assembly, Chief Solomon Akpulonu, has urged the federal government to urgently fix the Aba – Ikot Ekpene road to ease the suffering of motorists in the area.
Akpulonu, who represents Obingwa East State Constituency, said the road is too important to the economic survival of his constituency, and lamented that his people have been made to suffer untold hardship due to the pitiable condition of the road.
Speaking at a forum to thank his constituents for re-electing him, the lawmaker said he is sad that the road had been featuring in annual national budgets since 2009 without the federal government mobilising contractors to commence work.
He stated that over 500 business outlets located on the Aba-Ikot Ekpene Road had closed down due to the poor condition of the road, stressing that the recent visit of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to the road, was yet to bear fruit.
“I’m begging the Federal Government to urgently commence rehabilitation work on the abandoned Aba–Ikot Ekpene Road. Many communities in Obingwa East State Constituency have been cut off from Aba and the neighbouring towns in Akwa Ibom State due to the deplorable condition of this road,” he said.