By Emmanuel Igho Iriogbe, Abuja
The people of Esanland, has given notice of it’s intention to shut the Ewu junction of the Benin-Abuja road.
According to a statement made available to PenPushers issued by Imetobometale Ofeiyemu Iwolo, Director of Operations, ‘ESAN PEOPLE’S UPRISING 2022’ said it was to protest the total neglect of the roads by government.
“In a bid to protect ourselves from the continued neglect and orchestrated destruction of our economy and society by both the state and federal governments, considering also that our legislators in both state and federal government have failed us by their conspiratorial silence over the years, we have resolved to protest to the nation and the world at large and wish to serve this notice of an impending Total Shut Down of the Ewu Junction to vehicular movement from Independence Day to October 3 2022”
Continuing, the statement further alleged that ‘the resilient Esan People would block all vehicular movements through Benin Abuja Road and Uromi-Ewu Road at the the famous Ewu Junction for *three days and three nights* from October 1 to 3 2022.
“This Protest is to draw government’s attention to the nearly a decade dilapidation and government-abandonment-induced carnage on the entire Esan roads, and the very deplorable state of the Ekpoma axis, Irrua axis, Uromi axis and the Ewu Junction that has caused hundreds of death tolls, fire outbreaks and ghastly accidents.
“Edo State and the Federal Governments are by this notice informed that to avoid this irrevocable decision of the Esan People to shut down the road they should use this two weeks notice to immediately effect, at least, a palliative measure on the road they have abandoned for over nine painful years.
The group appealed to the general public who may be inconvenienced by the measure to find alternative routes
It called on everyone living in Esanland to move over to Ewu Junction bringing playing, sleeping and cooking materials and while daring government to ‘bring all the armies of Nigeria and Congo to drive us out, we shall surely disobey but without violence’.