Commuters To Calabar/Uyo Suffer can authoritatively reveal that in the last 24 hours, commuters plying the Calabar-Uyo route have endured torrid times at the Odukpani section of the Calabar-Uyo-Ikot Ekpene highway.

The situation is so because of bad sections of the road that have been worsened by the rains and made impassable by the heavy duty trucks plying the route.

On condition of anonymity, one passenger revealed that, “on my way to Uyo yesterday(Friday) we had to go through Akamkpa because the road was completely blocked”, adding that “I had thought the situation would have improved today(Saturday), but I was wrong”. Another commuter complained that “every time we suffer in this place and nobody seems interested in solving this problem once and for all”.

While commuters are bemoaning their fate, transport operators say the road is slowing down business while increasing car wear and tear. One operator was particular about the “insensitivity of government to the only road linking Cross River and Akwa Ibom states and beyond”. He went on to say that “if this people are serious, it will not take them time to fix this bad spot and several others that are on this road”.

The route, a federal highway, constructed in the 70s, has received no structural improvements since construction while maintenance has been far and few. The implication of this on commuter experience and business has been negative and as the rains intensify it seems likely that harder times are ahead.

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