On Wednesday hundreds of youths thronged the town of Eket, Akwa Ibom state, to protest the death of six primary school pupils who were involved in a motor accident last month. The dead students attended Kingdom Heritage Nursery and Primary School, Eket, and according to reports, the accident occurred as a result of the bad roads still existing in some parts of the Eket-Ibeno road. Eye witnesses say the vehicle that conveyed the students fell into a ditch after the driver lost control while struggling to avoid the many portholes found on the same Eket-Ibeno road.
Reports also say many other students were injured in the accident apart from the deceased, who were equally rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Mr. Emmanuel Sakey, the Youth President, Afaha Eket, gave his displeasure about the whole incident, citing how poor the roads are. he stated, ”
Why we are demonstrating this morning is because of the way government is treating us. If you look between Eket and Ibeno, you will see that we don’t have road here. For a number of years, we have been suffering from this road and many other roads in this area.
“We have lost many school children to accidents apart from the six which happened recently. There have been frequent cases of kidnapping, armed robberies and more as the hoodlums seize the opportunity to lie in wait for road users.
“We are aware that an oil firm had paid for the construction of the road, but it is still a death-trap.”
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