Governor Udom Emmanuel
A popular Niger Delta group had taken the Akwa Ibom state governor Udom Emmanuel to task accusing him of selfishness and nepotism.
The group known as the Niger Delta Volunteers, NDV, has accused Governor Udom Emmanuel of abandoning oil-producing communities in Akwa Ibom State and concentrating on his local government area Onna.
A statement issued by self-styled General Ekpo Ekpo, a spokesman for the group alleged that the governor was concentrating development projects only in his local government area, Onna.
It said: “It is worthy of note that the oil-producing communities have been shortchanged without commensurate development to ameliorate the sufferings of the people whose resources have been forcefully hijacked by the state governor to develop only his community.
Syringe factory in Onna Local Govt, Akwa Ibom
“It is pertinent to note that some oil-producing communities in the state have been abandoned for years without any motorable road, good drinking water, hospitals, schools and other social amenities to enhance the living standard of the people.
“After careful study of the amounts collected by the state government so far, we have decided not to blame the Federal Government for the development of the host communities, but rather ensure that the state government is called to account for the monies received.”
The former agitators gave the governor 30 days ultimatum to establish Akwa Ibom Oil Producing Communities Development Commission and also threatened to shut down oil activities in the state should the governor failed to do so.
However, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Udoh, debunk such notion saying that it could be due to lack of proper information and knowledge on the sources of funding for projects cited in the governor’s local government.
He cited some industries in the governor’s local government explaining that there was a product of private investors initiative in the state and not driven by government.