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Group seeks Tinubu, Akpabio’s intervention over neglect of Akwa Ibom community  

A socio-political organisation, Mkpat Enin Unity Network, weekend, called on the President Ahmed Bola Tinubu and the Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to intervene on the neglect of Mkpat Enin LGA by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

This was contained in a statement jointly signed by the national co-coordinator, Mr. Akpabio Ufot-Akpabio, the national secretary, Ebeute Ebeute, the chapter co-coordinator, Mr.Joe Akpan, director of Public Affairs& Media, Mr. Mbal Udoinyang, respectively.

The statement noted with dismay that despite the fact that oil was discovered in the community in 1952, Mkpat Enin still remains a “shadow of itself” with no infrastructural signature by the NDDC.

“We hereby bring to the notice of the commission the years of deliberate neglect and abandonment meted out to Mkpat Enin people by successive administrations of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), in the area of road infrastructure development which has hampered movement of goods and services within and outside the local government area.

“It is an unfortunate reality that since the establishment of NDDC in 2009, Mkpat Enin local government area, an oil bearing/producing community in Nigeria and Akwa Iban state in particular, and reputed for being the first local government area in the country where oil was discovered in 1952, has never benefited from any form of major road intervention project by the commission.

“This development, from all intent and purposes is very unfortunate and painful to all Mkpat Enin indigenes, especially when considering the devastating impact of oil drilling on our farm land and the corrosive effects on our homes, not to mention the enormous loss of aquatic life.

“More pathetic and regrettable is the fact that Mkpat Enin local government area has never benefited from the Ecological Fund in whatever guise since the inception of the commission  24 years ago.

“We are therefore appealing to the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the Senate President of the Nigerian Federation, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, and member, representing Eket Senatorial District, Sen. Ekong Sampson, to intervene and make inquest into why Mkpat Enin local government area is neglected by successive NDDC boards despite being major contributor to the economic well-being of the Nigerian Federation as an Oil Being Community (OBC) in Akwa Ibom state,” it added. 

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