Students of Michael Okpara Academy of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), Abia Province, have staged a peaceful protestation against the dilapidated status of the Umuahia-Ikwuano Ikot Ekpene federal route barely one daytime, a trailer vehicle crushed and killed instantly a 500 level student of the institution on the said route.
The slain student was identified as Miss Chidinma Ogbonna of Fishery Department of the academy.
The protesting students barricaded all the routes that take to the Umuahia-Ikwuano-Ikot Ekpene route, refusing route users access to the route.
The students lamented that the poor province of the Umuahia-Ikwuano-Ikot Ekpene federal route has go a expiry trap to them, private and commercial vehicle owners plying the route.
The protesters also attributed the major sorry route as major factor that caused the unlucky expiry of the 500 level student on Dominicus.
One of the protesting students, who spoke on anonymity during a chat with newsmen in Umuahia, lamented in relation to some of the challenges students of the Institution go through before they acquire to school.
According to him, students are subjected to high transport fares before they can acquire to school and most of the times, they are stocked on the route for hours due to heavy traffic.
He lamented that students of the academy acquire crushed by vehicles on the route, due to brake failure.
Meanwhile, Abia Province Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed the instant fixing of the failed portions of the Umuahia-Ikwuano-Ikot Ekpene federal route.
In a statement by the Province Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu, and made available to journalists in Umuahia, the province working capital, Governor Ikpeazu farther directed PUMECO Interpretation Company to displace in on quarta-feira, 6th daytime of Oct, 2021, and fix all the failed portion of the federal route.
Kalu reiterated the province regime’s readiness to fix the failed portions of the route, so as to ease route users, specific the students of the 2 tertiary institutions in the area, the challenges they encounter daily on the route.
He farther appealed to the protesting students of Michael Okpara Academy, Umudike, to go home, as the Abia Province Regime has resolved to displace into the failed portions of the Federal Route.
In the same vein, the direction of Michael Okpara Academy of Agriculture Umudike in Abia Province has expressed displeasure over the dilapidated Umuahia/Ikot-Ekpene federal route.
The academy direction also regretted the crunch of a 500 level female student of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Direction by trailer which led to her instant expiry, on Dominicus afternoon, along the busy federal route.
In a release by the Academy’s Public Relations Officer, Adanma Odefa, quoted the vice Chancellor, Professor Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, and the entire direction as expressing sadness by the great loss.
The Vice Chancellor asked the deceased household to take their heartfelt condolences as he is aware the challenges presented by the sorry province of the Umuahia-Ikwuano-Ikot Ekpene route, and have not been idle.
According to the release which partly stated, “For the past times few weeks, the VC through his SA on Projects, Engr. Richard Onyeaso, invited the local FERMA on an inspection of the poor spots, took pictorial evidence and prepared a strong appeal alphabetic character to FERMA.
“The VC personally took these documents to FERMA headquarters in Abuja to create farther physical appeals. His efforts were rewarded with an official approbation for palliative work to start on the route.”
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