Udom Has Disconnected Eastern Obolo From Akwa Ibom – Attai

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Udom Has Disconnected Eastern Obolo From Akwa Ibom – Attai

The Deputy Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State, Dr. Amadu Attai, has accused Governor Udom Emmanuel of disconnecting Eastern Obolo, an Ijaw-speaking local government area, from the rest of the state.

Speaking while paying homage to Chief Harry Etetor, the Paramount Ruler of Eastern Obolo Local Government Area, on behalf of Obong Nsima Ekere, the APC Governorship Candidate, at Elile Town on Monday, Dr. Attai lamented the total infrastructural neglect of Eastern Obolo by the Governor in spite of the fact that the area was one of the oil-producing local government areas of the state.

He derided the coconut plantation of the Udom government in Eastern Obolo as a failed project with the coconuts stunted and refusing to grow after nearly four years.

Dr. Attai said, in contrast to Governor Udom Emmanuel, Obong Ekere has executed seven projects, six of which were completed, in Eastern Obolo during his two-year tenure as Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

He listed the projects to include construction of Okoroete – Amadaka Road, emergency repair of Ikot Akpaden – Okoroete Road, emergency repair of Refinery Road and St. Silas African Church Road and renovation of classroom blocks in primary and secondary schools in Okorombokho, Iko Town and Amadaka.

According to Dr. Attai, construction of Internal Roads in Eastern Obolo was ongoing while contracts were awarded for the construction of an health centre at Okoroiti and shore protection at Ikonta before Obong Ekere resigned from office last month.

He made it clear that he and his principal were on a rescue mission in Akwa Ibom State because things were not going well all over the state.

Dr. Attai said they were determined to bring economic prosperity to the people and to tackle the infrastructural decay across the state.

In his response, Chief Etetor, a former Member of the old Cross River State House of Assembly and pioneer elected Chairman of Eastern Obolo Local Government, lamented the suffering and poverty of his people, wondering if “we still belong to Nigeria or to Cameroun.”

He said Eastern Obolo was in dire need of rescue, saying, “We really need to be rescued. If, by the grace of God, you are coming to rescue us, we will be happy.”

The monarch decried a situation where Paramount Rulers in the state were not allowed to have a say in the government or to even advise, pleading with Obong Ekere and Dr. Attai to correct the anomaly if they are elected into office.

Chief Etetor, who is visually impaired, complained of the failure of the State Government to provide him with a Toyota Hilux pickup truck as his backup vehicle which was the standard practice of the government of former Governor Godswill Akpabio for Paramount Rulers.

Describing Obong Ekere as his long-time associate, Chief Etetor said “we will join you people to say, God let the change come.”

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