Niger Delta youths on Wednesday engaged in a prayer session at Oku Iboku Junction along the Calabar -Itu road seeking God’s intervention on the deplorable condition of the road.
The youths under the auspices of South-South youth Crusaders for Change were seen praying with placards with various inscriptions such as we are not protesting, we are praying,” “Buhari help us on this road” We are cut-off from other parts of Nigeria” “Why neglect the Niger Delta/South-South”.
They said they would not relent in their prayers until the Buhari-led administration redeems its promise on the road.
Leading the prayer session, Apostle Idorenyin Godwin said they decided to shelve their plan to stage a mass protest for spiritual warfare to draw the attention of President, Mohammadu Buhari, Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Fashola, and Niger Delta Affairs, Minister, Godswill Akpabio, and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta, Ita Enang, to the deplorable condition of the road which according to him has claimed so many lives in recent times.
According to him, “Many lives have been lost on this road and we are here to seek God’s intervention because we believe that God will heal our land”
In his remarks after the prayer session, President of the group, Mr. Iniobong Edem, called on Buhari, and his aides not to play politics with the road as many lives have been lost already.
He wondered why work is yet to commence on the road alleging that the President in a national broadcast in 2016 had announced that work has commenced already on the road.
“The President, Mohammadu Buhari, Minister of Works and Housing, Niger Delta Affairs Minister, and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta, we will not rest until our prayers are heard concerning the completion of abandoned Calabar-Itu-road.
“We call on them to do away with all excuses and mobilise the construction company, Julius Berger, which they earlier awarded the contract to, for peace to reign at Aso Rock”.
The president of the Association of Ibom Contractors, Engr. Lawrence Bassey, who claimed he impressed on the youths to shelve their protest, recounted the frustration on the road and called on the federal government to fix the road before it is too late.
He lamented that the road whose contract was awarded the same time with other major roads in the country is still suffering neglect while thousands of lives are being lost daily on the road
Earlier, The Secretary, Association of Ibom Contractors, Mr. Victor Matthew said it is worrisome to watch on television and newspapers the progress made by the federal government on other projects while Calabar-Itu-road continue to suffer neglect
“It is worrisome to watch FG projects concerning another region on television and pages of newspapers, while ours look like a scam.” Matthew lamented.