By Chioma Onuegbu, Uyo
NDUETONG- RESIDENTS of Nduetong, Oku Clan, Uyo Local Government, Akwa Ibom State, say they have been cut off for over decades from neigbouring communities by gully erosion.
The inhabitants decried the untold hardship they have experienced over the decades, but expressed happiness over the recent move by the Federal Government to tackle the problem.
They disclosed that the community was severed from Ibiaku Uruan in Uruan local government area and other communities, while large portions of their lands were damaged
No electricity, access road, potable water – Youth leader
Youth leader, Obong Mike Akpan, said: “Before now there was no access road into this community. We are completely cut off from other communities; we have lost large portions of our community land as the gully continues to encroach into the farms. And we cannot transport our economic crops from our neighboring community Uruan because there is no road.”
He added: “But, I am telling you that our people are happy today that federal government has remembered us. You are able to come into the community because BEFOED Water Engineering Construction Company just graded the road to pave way for them to work on the erosion site.”
“The member representing Uyo constituency is from this village, but we do not have electricity, we do not have potable water, no access road. Our only source of water, a stream has been completely destroyed as a result of the gully. The water is so bad that you cannot use it for anything, not even for washing clothes. So we are pleased and happy and grateful for the intervention of the federal government,” he asserted.
High transport fare
A public servant, who simply identified himself as Ukpong, said: “It is only motorcyclists that use the road and sometimes you may not get any one that would agree to carry you to work. That means no work for you that day. And it has affected the cost of transportation in the area. A distance you can ordinarily pay N50 you will be charged sometimes N100 and sometimes N150.”
NDV gathered that though the erosion site had been in existence for over five decades, only the current administration in the state had made frantic efforts to alleviate the sufferings of the people by awarding the road to two indigenous contractors earlier, but the contractors were unable to handle the erosion menace.