Miffed by what they described as executive hypocrisy, residents of Ibraham Babangida Avenue have accused the state government of paying lip service to their predicament, following the devastating effect of flood in parts of the state capital.
A vulcanizer who lives along the road told TNN that he had to relocate his business to Atiku Abubakar road, following the total collapse of commercial activities especially between Esuene Street and the state secretariat small gate.
According to him, ''Senator Godswill Akpabio who succeeded Obong Attah, deliberately refused to repair the road so that he will not give glory to the Attah administration who constructed the road''.
“Every year, they will come and patch the place and deceive us that they are repairing the road. They know what to do but they don't want to do.
Again, a staff of the ministry of finance Mr. David Udoh who plies the road to work, corroborated the vulcanizer's statement and expressed shock over the state government's attitude towards the flood situation which he described as ''IBB River.''
“Imagine this in the heart of the capital city. It is either because the state executive council does not have professionals who know what to do or they simply do not want to repair that road. It is a pity that the state government is only interested in constructing big roads so that they will make big money. They are not interested in small projects, even when they threaten lives of the citizens.
“Lives have been lost and business activities have been grounded around this area for years. Every year and most ironically, during the rainy seasons, the ministry of works will come and measure this same place only to pour cement on top of the mud.
“Who is deceiving who? Don't they know what to do? Do they not know they should open gutters around the area?”
However when contacted to make comments on the perennial IBB flood Crisis, Commissioner of Environment and Mineral Resources, Dr. Iniobong Essien said necessary steps have been taken and an expert company has been the contracted to provide a lasting solution to the Crisis.
He said a long tunnel will be dug to empty the water into a big tunnel at Ibesikpo. The commissioner pleaded with resident of the state to bear with the state government as the crisis will soon become a thing of the past.
It could be recalled that a huge amount of state funds was sunk into what the previous state administration, called the underground pipe jacking, to address the flood crisis, yet flood situation remains an eyesore in the state capital.