Group al­leges marginal­i­sa­tion in Akwa Ibom

The Punch - - POLITICS TODAY - Patrick Odey, Uyo

Aso­cio-cul­tural or­gan­i­sa­tion in Akwa ibom State, the Ekid Na­tion, on Tues­day, lamented that its peo­ple in

Eket and Esit Eket had been ne­glected for too long in the devel­op­ment agenda of Gov­er­nor Udom Em­manuel’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The group main­tained that its peo­ple had been un­fairly treated de­spite be­ing the core oil­pro­duc­ing ar­eas con­tribut­ing greatly to the na­tion’s pros­per­ity.

The group, in a com­mu­niqué is­sued at the end of its na­tional congress in Esit Eket, noted that Eket and Esit Eket ar­eas had been ne­glected and de­prived of key in­fra­struc­ture, espe­cially roads.

The com­mu­niqué was signed by the group’s Pres­i­dent, Prof. Asindi Asindi, and Chair­man, Plan­ning Com­mit­tee of the Congress, Prof. Des Wil­son.

The com­mu­niqué read, “it was noted that the story of Ekid na­tion as far as oil ex­plo­ration is con­cerned, has been a litany of woes and pains.

“The peo­ple of Ekid, over the years, have suf­fered painfully from en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion, re­source de­ple­tion and de­pri­va­tion.

“We are also ex­pe­ri­enc­ing bio­di­ver­sity losses aris­ing from con­tin­u­ous gas flar­ing, in­ces­sant oil spillage with very low ac­cess to the ben­e­fits of oil and gas ex­plo­ration in their land.

“This sit­u­a­tion is very ap­palling and pa­thetic.

“Vir­tu­ally all roads in Eket, which is the head­quar­ters of Akwa ibom South Se­na­to­rial Dis­trict, are in very de­plorable con­di­tions.

“The union ap­peals to the state gov­ern­ment to fa­cil­i­tate the re­newal of Eket, and re­ha­bil­i­tate the bad roads in the area as they re­main the gate­way to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity through oil com­pa­nies do­ing busi­ness in the land,” it said.

The group fur­ther called on the state gov­ern­ment to con­struct a ring road con­nect­ing the four lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas of Eket, Esit Eket, Onna and ibeno which are the pri­mary oil-pro­duc­ing ar­eas in the state.

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