By Edima Frank
Following the continuous neglect of the failed highway leading from Calabar to Akpabuyo and Bakassi LGAs in the southern part of Cross River State, these two local governments may soon be cut off from the state according to residents who spoke with CrossRiverWatch.
Since early June 2015, when the rains became incessant and worsen the situation of the road, commercial drivers and passengers have been enduring excruciating pain on the road especially along the swamp that leads to Atimbo, Calabar.
This damage reoccurs every rainy season coupled with the damage caused by heavy duty trucks plying the road day and night.
Last year, a section of the road was fixed after several protests by the indigenes. Their annoyance was that the state government has neglected the road that generates daily revenue to her account especially from Unicem, a cement factory in Akpabuyo.
The journey that should take 20 minutes now takes 3-5 hours. Some people even take the risk of trekking or using motorcycles on the highway.
Indigenes and residents who spoke with our reporter appealed passionately to the government to pay due attention to the road and help effect urgent repairs lest the two local governments may soon be cut out of Cross River state due to lack of access road.
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