By Ekanem Iniko

The Commissioner for Environment and Solid Minerals, Akwa Ibom state, Mr. Charles Udoh has warned residents, citizens and motorists plying the Ikpa and Science Park Roads axes of the state to use alternative routes to avoid undesirable occurrences.

Charles, who stated this in a press statement he signed, dated June 29, 2021, said the warning became necessary following threats to lives and property posed by collapsed portions of the roads, which he hinted was triggered by gully erosion.

The statement reads “The attention of the general public is hereby drawn to the threats to lives and properties posed by a collapsed section of Ikpa Road and sections of the Science Park Road.

“The collapse is triggered by gully Erosion fingers spreading to these locations from the previously dormant ravines in the vicinity.

“Recall that a few months ago, the Ministry of Environment and Solid Minerals had erected caution barriers to prevent human or vehicular Traffic from falling into the gully.

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“This was to allow for site evaluation survey, development of engineering drawings as well as Bill of Engineering Measurements and Evaluation (BEME) to guide the restoration works. These processes are currently ongoing.

In the interim, members of the public are advised to avoid the vicinity, while motorists should use alternative routes.

Residents, citizens and businesses in the affected neighborhoods are advised to remain vigilant and evacuate the vicinity for now”