By Ushang Ewa
“Following the governor’s directives on zero potholes in town and intervention on streets, we are embarking on 24 hours work on site… The road will be asphalted with total intervention to ensure the people have a lease of life… Engr. Dane Osim-Asu (Cross River State Commissioner of works, December 2015.)
The access road linking Ndidem Usang-Iso road with Ekong Etta street in Calabar, the Cross River State capital rehabilitated by Governor Ben Ayade in December 2015 is again in worse condition than it was CrossRiverWatch authoritatively reports.
The top soil of the Okoro Agbor road which was noted for been a criminal hideout was removed with a sponsored release from Government House Calabar spinning the story to reflect Mr. Ayade in positive light. But, the road was never completely reconstructed residents say.
And, it has slowly returned to its inglorious state even as a gang war recently led to the death of a father of two and a young artisan in his mid twenties in Calabar recently.
A man identified as Jude was shot dead on Saturday, December 16, 2017 in his shop at Okoro Agbor axis of the Ndidem Usang-Iso road, Calabar with eye witnesses telling CrossRiverWatch that the incident happened between the hours of 7:30pm and 8:30pm.
In January 2018, no fewer than two victims have been attacked in the street.
While no incident has been reported in about a month, residents say that the street is getting more notorious as the days go by.
And, in a related development, a young aluminium artisan was shot dead Tuesday last week in his shop along Ekpo Abasi road.
He is said to have been dragged out of his workplace by a group of about six boys and then shot in the head.
Unconfirmed information suggests he was a foot soldier of unknown gang don who goes by the name ‘Lord K’.
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