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Ex-Rep Chides President’s Aide Over Calabar-Itu Road, Resource Control

A former National Assembly Member and ex-Minister of Lands and Housing, Rt. Hon. Chief Nduese Essien has called on the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger-Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang to use his office and draw the federal government’s attention to the worsening condition of the Calabar-Itu road, rather than dissipating energy on attacking Governor Udom Emmanuel.

Speaking, Monday during a live radio interview on INSPIRATION 105.9 FM, Chief Essien who wondered why Ita Enang had to deceive Akwa Ibom people when he claimed that the said road which has a spur to his Ididep hometown has been constructed by the federal government.

He cautioned the Presidential aide to stop playing politics with issues of development in his home state, but should rather use his position at the federal level to attract development to the state.

The Eket politician who was leader of the South-South Caucus in the National Assembly was Enang’s colleague in the National Assembly from 1999 to 2007.

He described Ita Enang’s claims of leading the agitation for resource control in the National Assembly as false, saying he Rt. Hon. Essien was the one who raised the issue during a meeting between Governor’s from the South-South region and National Assembly Members in Benin, Edo State.

He disclosed that after he had raised the issue at the meeting, it was the then Governor of Delta State, James Ibori who insisted that the matter he raised be included in the communique of that meeting.

Rt. Hon. Essien further revealed that it was then that Ibori and former Governor Attah led the fight for resource control.

“Let him concentrate on Calabar-Itu road to his village which he told us has been constructed.

“Like today, I passed through that road which is a nightmare. Up till today we have not seen any evidence of a contractor working on that road. I advise that you tell him to think more about Calabar-Itu road and leave Eket. We have our way of sorting out our matter. He is not saying it with sincerity.

“He is looking for a way to attack the Governor and the government of Akwa Ibom State”.

“Ita Enang has been in the National Assembly for 16 years, Ita never supported Eket. He never supported any matter that concerns Eket people.

“He (Ita Enang) cannot now claim to have led the struggle for resource control. On 13% oil derivation, we in the first National Assembly fought for it. The then President(Obasanjo) was not willing to pay the money. We used our position in the National Assembly to compel the then President to pay. The issue of resource control was primarily my idea at a meeting with Governors and members of the National Assembly in Benin.

“It was there that Obong Attah and James Ibori took over the fight. And you know governors had the media at their disposal.

My colleague (Ita Enang) always had an attitude of running back to the radio station in Akwa Ibom State to propagate himself on the radio, as the brain behind any major decision we took, especially as most of us where not necessarily interested in projecting ourselves on the media.

Source: Mfonobong Ukpong

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