- Unwana Assam
The executive Chairman of Esit Eket, Hon. Iniobong Robson, has visited the land settlement that shares boundaries between Ibeno and Esit Eket local government areas. The Chairman who was accompanied by his Vice, Hon. Samuel Itama and Hon. Isaac Silas, made the visit to familiarize with, and ascertain the situation of things going on in the area.
Speaking to the council boss during the visit, Mr. Okon Friday Ukut from Ikot Usekong, Eket Local Government Area, said the challenge they face in the area is the constant encroachment of Ibeno people into their territory. Mr. UKUK narrated that whenever they went to their farmland to work, they noticed that Ibeno people have marked their land and put beckon stones in order to snatch their land from them.
“We noticed that whenever we went to the farm, Ibeno people who always claimed that this land belongs to them will put beckon stones on our land and we always remove those stones by showing them that, the land originally belongs to Eket and Esit Eket”, Ukut narrated.
Ukut noted that Ibeno people in their quest to claim the land, also came to build Timber Market in the portion of land he and his family settle but they fought them and neutralized their plans. “If not the fact that we came and settled here, Ibeno local government would have taken over our land” Mr. Ukut said.
In his response, the executive Chairman of Esit Eket LGA, Hon. Iniobong Robson commended Mr. Okon for settling on the land with his family, wondering what would have been the situation if he (Ukut) and others did not decide to settle in the area to avoid the takeover of their land by Ibeno people.
Hon. Robson assured Okon who happens to be the village Chairman, that they should live without fear as the entire land belongs to Eket/Esit Eket Local goverment areas. He also promised them that he will mobilize the leadership of Eket Local goverment area to come in full squad to inspect the land as well as do other necessary things to avoid Ibeno people coming to disturb or attack them.
Also Speaking, Hon. Isaac Silas Akpan who earlier visited the settlement informed that when he led members of the Population Census Commission to the area for headcount, they were faced with stiff resistance, as the youths of Ibeno did not allow them to step in or park their cars. He said the youths almost deflated their car tyres, but they were able to calm the situation and were later directed to meet with the Paramount ruler, HRM Effiong Bassey Archianga.
19th February, 2021.