Eket protests replacement of NDDC MD with Rivers indigene


Stakeholders from Eket federal constituency of Akwa Ibom State have expressed dismay over the replacement of the Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Bassey Dan Abia, with an indigene of Rivers State.
They described the replacement as injustice, adding that Akwa Ibom is being denied its turn to be at the helms of affairs of the intervention agency.
Eket federal constituency which comprises four local government areas of Onna, Eket, Esit Eket and Ibeno is the core oil producing area of Akwa Ibom State.
They, however, commended Governor Udom Emmanuel, asserting that “within the past six months you have brought into reality your election promises of solving unemployment problems with massive industrialization and youth empowerment.”
They listed the ongoing industrial concerns, roads and urban remodelling projects including the refineries in Eket, the Ibom deep seaport and export free zone, the LED industry and vehicle assembling plant both in Itu, the reactivated Peacock Paints factory, and the metering company in Onna and the remodelled General Hospital in Anna- Uyo as some of the numerous reasons the governor remains the best for the state.
In his remarks, Governor Udom condemned the statement credited to the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Oyegun, that they have perfected strategy to capture Akwa Ibom and Rivers states, saying that it was unfortunate that people could stay elsewhere and dictate who should lead in other states.
The governor  who also wondered why the NDDC managing director should be replaced by an indigene of Rivers State, said that since the state remained the highest producer of crude oil in Nigeria, it would be unfair if it is not allowed to complete its term in that capacity.
“I believe the president is not well informed on the NDDC provisions and I will suggest to him that another indigene of the state be nominated to replace Dan Abia or else it would take the country’s highest producer of crude oil, another 32 years to occupy such position.”
“Akwa Ibom maintains the most peaceful atmosphere for operations by the oil companies despite the failure of these companies to reciprocate through corporate social responsibilities, so we believe that justice will be done in the next 48 hours by Mr. President,” he added.
Meanwhile, the leaders have restated their resolve to support Governor Udom Emmanuel despite the recent ruling by the Court of Appeal which ordered a rerun of the governorship elections.
Prominent leaders from the governor’s home federal constituency led by Nduese Essien, Benji Udobia, Ntisong Essien Ekidem, Sunny Udonsek, among others, in a solidarity visit to the governor at Government House, expressed dismay over the nullification of the governorship election by the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
They expressed their readiness to deliver 100 percent support for Governor Emmanuel.
“What we demand is a free, fair and credible election because we know that if election is held hundred times in this state, PDP will win 100 times.”
They argued that they were prepared to ensure that justice prevails in the state, maintaining that, since it was the turn of Eket senatorial district to pilot the affairs of the state, “we are not going to fold our hands and allow our political mandate to be robbed.”

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