The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, has described the recent claims of marginalization of Oro nation by the government of Governor Godswill Akpabio, as reported in some section of the media as baseless.
Calling on peddlers of such falsehood to desist from inciting the people against the Governor, Umanah, wondered how Governor Akpabio, who has done so much to revamp infrastructure across the state, could be accused of marginalization.
He noted that the Governor has not only performed well in transforming the state, but has also ensured an even spread of developmental projects, with Oro nation as one of the first beneficiaries of the uncommon transformation, since inception of the administration.
Describing the alleged marginalization as the handiwork of political jobbers whose stock in trade is blackmail, especially as the 2015 general elections approaches, Umanah called on all stakeholders to show fairnes in their judgement, rather than allow cheap political gains drive them into distorting facts.
The state image maker queried how a government that has nominated indigenes of Oro into key position of government like ministers, ambassadors, five Commissioners, chairmen of boards and parastatals, amidst several others could be labelled as sectional, recalling that the area has not seen such unpreceedented level of participation and development, since 1979, even when they had their sons in position of governance.
The Commissioner enumerated the ongoing work at Ibaka deep seaport, the Ibom airport; which lies largely on Oro land, more than 37 roads which have been completed, over 483 interministerial/direct labour projects, including the current rehabilitation and remedial work on the broken down Uyo-Oron road, in addition to numerous ongoing projects, as part of the Akpabio’s achievement in the area.
He expresed dismay at such falsehood, as it is already established that projects such as the free medical services, free and compulsory education, massive construction and rehabilitation of schools, electrification of communities as well as construction of a 1.2 km bridge, which is the longest the administration has so far undertaken, is a proof of Oron nation’s treasured place in the Akpabio administration.
Umanah challenged the merchants of hate and those fanning embers of discord, to point to what major project that was done in the area, since creation of the state, prior to Governor Akpabio’s administration.