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Residents Drop Charms, Fetish Items Along "Abandoned" Highway In Akwa Ibom (Pics)

There was confusion earlier today in Akwa Ibom state after residents dropped charms and other fetish items along Ikot Ekpene - Uyo road as they said that the dualization project has been abandoned by Governor Udom Emmanuel. The commissioner for Works, Mr. Ephraim Inyang who arrived the area - has ordered that the fetish materials be burnt after prayers.

Former Governor Godswill Akpabio (now Senate Minority Leader), had accused the governor of abandoning the Ikot-Ekpene Road project which he started and threatened to withdraw his support for Governor Emmanuel’s second term bid.

But the state Commissioner for Works, Mr. Ephraim Inyang-Eyen, said the state government had not abandoned the road.

He said that the contracting firm handling the project, Julius Berger, has been paid as the project advances, adding: “The snag is that the money allocated for payment of compensation to property owners on that road has long been exhausted and many buildings are still standing on the way awaiting compensation. The money was exhausted before the coming of this administration.

After paying hundreds of millions in compensation and restarting work on the project, some people have blocked the road with fetish objects demanding the project be stopped.

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