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May 19, 2024

Ongoing excavation: A’Ibom announces closure of sections of Calabar-Itu Road

A former lawmaker, Otuekong Sunny Jackson Udoh has advised Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umoh Eno to show wisdom and magnanimity after his triumph at the Supreme Court last Thursday.

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By Chioma Onuegbu Uyo

Akwa Ibom State government has announced that from Monday May 20, 2024 it would close some sections of the Calabar-Itu dual carriageway till further notice due to ongoing excavation work.

The Commissioner for Works and Fire Service Professor Eno Ibanga who announced this in a statement said the road closure would pave way for the deep excavation work involved in ongoing construction of an underground drainage system in the area.

 Ibanga in the statement which was made available to newsmen on Friday in Uyo, noted that government regrets the inconveniences caused by the decision.

The Commissioner advised operators of heavy duty vehicles, light vehicles, minibuses and long buses to use alternative routes which he listed in the statement.

His words, “The Akwa Ibom State Government wishes to inform the general public that starting from Monday, May 20th, 2024, the Calabar- Itu dual carriageway will be closed to traffic at Calabar -Itu Highway by Park Road intersection and Calabar- Itu dual carriageway by Mandela Street intersection, till further notice.

“This is to pave way for the deep excavation work involved in the ongoing construction of 0.97km underground drainage system at Tabernacle road, which is advancing towards the discharge point at Calabar- Itu dual carriageway.

“In view of this, mini buses and light vehicles are, please, advised to use either Ikpa road through Uyo village road or Ikot Udoro Street through Enen Mkprong to Calabar- Itu highway.

  “Heavy duty vehicles, including long buses coming in to Uyo from Cross River State, are to do so through Calabar- Itu -Ibiakpan Junction in Ikot Ekpene and those leaving Uyo to Cross River State, are to use Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road – Ibiakpan Junction to link itu – Calabar highway.

“While soliciting maximum cooperation of the public, the State Ministry of Works and Fire Service, on behalf of the State Government, sincerely regrets inconveniences caused by this development”