Akwa Ibom State government has mobilized Nigerpet Structures, a construction company specialised in erosion control for an immediate intervention on an erosion threat along Nung Udoe-Eket Road.
The state Commissioner for Works and Fire Service, Prof Eno Ibanga, who visited the site for an on the spot assessment on Wednesday, said the response was to protect the road from total collapse.
The Commissioner, who reported that many parts of the state were equally threatened by erosion, disclosed that the state government has intervened in no fewer than 100 roads with a need for urgent intervention in recent months.
The immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the Akwa Ibom State University said the value placed on the lives people living around erosion-prone areas would not permit the state government to wait for ecological funds before moving into areas with urgent need.
“Akwa Ibom State has many erosion sites because of its tropical location. Though the state government has asked for funds from Federal Government to tackle the erosion menace, we cannot wait for the Federal Government intervention funds before moving into areas with urgent need.
“Since Akwa Ibom people are the beneficiaries, government has to take proactive steps to ensure that the road is done early to give access to the people, otherwise the affected communities would be cut off.
“That is why we usually have contingency provisions in the budget so that when things like these come up, we can handle them,” he said.