By Assam Abia.
The Apex Social-Cultural Organization of Ekid Nation, Ekid People’s Union (EPU) has called on the Akwa Ibom State Government to use the present dry season in completing all deplorable roads in Eket and Esit Eket local government areas.
In a communique arrived at during the December 2019 National Congress, just released to the press and signed by Prof Des Wilson, Chairman Communique Committee and Prof Asindi A. Asindi, immediate past President, the Union appealed to the State government to facilitate the renewal of Eket and rehabilitate the bad roads in the area as it remains a gateway to the international community through oil companies doing business in the land.
“The people of Ekid Nation are not unmindful of the sincere development strives of the State Governor in the State generally, but the Union observed with reservations the slow pace of infrastructural development of Eket and Esit Eket LGAs, specially in the area of roads, and wish to state that Ekid Nation, in spite of its contributions, is a deprived nation through a seeming denial of infrastructures”, the communique read.
The Union noted that the story of Ekid Nation, as far as oil exploration is concerned has been a litany of woes and pain, occasioned by environmental degradation, resource depletion and deprivation as well as biodiversity loses arising from continuous gas flaring, incessant oil spillage with very low access to the benefits of oil and gas exploration in their land, a situation which is very appalling and pathetic.
“The Union notes with some satisfaction the efforts of the State Government in its industrialization drive but wonders why Ekid Nation is completely left out in the establishment of industries”
“Ekid Nation demands that the operational headquarters of Exxon-Mobil should be relocated to its expected natural domain in Eket Federal Constituency which has the mineral oil as stipulated by the NDDC Act, and natural justice” the communique stated.
The Union demanded that the Akwa Ibom State Government should, as a matter of expediency, set up the Oil Mineral Area Development Commission (AKSOMPADEC) without delay and as well facilitate the rehabilitation and completion of Akwa Palm plantation located in Esit Eket, with processing mills.
“It is very unfortunate that section 1V of the East West Road, which runs across Eket Urban has been abandoned. The Ekid people are demanding and calling on the Federal Government for immediate completion of the Road, dualized as stipulated by the original contract agreement”,
“Union observes that the Coastal Rail line originally designed to pass through Eket to Oron has been mutilated, diverting the route out of Eket Senatorial District entirely. Union calls on the restoration of the original design, taking into cognizance its benefits to the Oil installations and the Ibom Deep Sea Port and,
“Finally the Ekid people remain loyal to the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel and wish him to succeed in his completion Agenda. Peace is very necessary to development. Therefore, Ekid people are in support of the commencement of community policing in the State”, the communique stated.