The Mkpat Uno village in Obot Akara Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State has cried out to the state government and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to come to its aid in the area of road construction.
The village head of the community, Ekpenyong Edem who made the plea while speaking with our correspondent on Wednesday lamented that the only access road has been closed following the destruction of the Bailey Bridge on the road during the civil war in 1970, adding that since then the community had been shut out from the rest of the world.
According to the monarch, the villagers have been forced to go through a long distance of over 20 kilometres to access the next community instead of just three kilometres to access same through the bridge.
He disclosed that since he received his certification as a village head of the community in 1995, he has written severally to the state government and recently to NDDC but to no avail.
“My people have been suffering bad road for a long time now, the only bridge linking the community was destroyed during the civil war by the Biafran soldiers in 1970, and since then we have been shut out from the rest of the world. I have written to the state government and recently to NDDC, but they don’t even think about our people.
“Since 1995 when I got the certificate as the village head, I have been telling government to come and give our people good road, so that they can carry their produce to another market. We don’t have a market of our own. The road that was there before the civil war has been abandoned.
“I’m renewing my appeal to the state government and to NDDC to open the road and construct the bridge so that people from other communities can come here and our people also can go out there to sell their farm crops”, the monarch said.
The traditional ruler also complained that there is no single health institution in the Village, adding that pregnant women are always left at the mercy of traditional birth attendants.
“We don’t have a health centre and there is no hospital except patent medicine shops. Our pregnant women are left at the mercy of traditional birth attendants”, he said.