By Umoh-Obong Kingsley
The recent statement of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Ita Solomon Enang, in respect of the Calabar-Itu Highway project, is nothing but a dance of the spirit, the Mandate Eyes has said.
Ita Enang was quoted in a radio programme on Inspiration 105.9 FM, to have called on the Akwa Ibom State Government to take over the construction of the dilapidated Calabar-Itu Road, which has been in utter state of disrepair for over a decade.
Mandate Eyes, a non-political research and media organization, in a press statement titled: “SENATOR ITA ENANG’S SURUGEDE DANCE ON CALABAR-ITU ROAD: AKWA IBOM PEOPLE ARE NOT FOOLS” dated 30 December, 2019, inquired to know if the Nigerian constitution has been amended to make “Akwa Ibom State an agency of the Federal Government in charge of taking up the duties of the Federal Ministry of Works.”
The group in a statement signed by the Coordinator Ernest Akpan and Secretary Joseph Okon, also ordered Ita Enang to tell Akwa Ibom people what happened of all “the lies and tales of contract award which he kept stating during the campaigns, concerning that road, or whether he thinks Akwa Ibom people are so foolish and daft.”
Mr. Enang, is quoted in the radio programme to have said “Tell Governor Udom Emmanuel to use the money refunded to the state by the federal government to construct that road.”
Mandate Eyes who condemned the statement in strong terms, said “It is the height of hypocrisy and inconsistency for a supposed revered public official in the mold of Senator Ita Enang to create nonexistent ambiguities regarding the legislative powers of the Federal and State Governments as stipulated in the 1999 Constitution.
The group maintained that “the call by Ita Solomon Enang on the Akwa Ibom State Government to undertake the construction of a federal road smacks of mediocrity, ineptitude, lack of depth and ignorance of outcome which characterize the Surugede Dance – a dance of the spirits.
“This can only play out, when a politician takes his own people as fools. But Akwa Ibom people, fortunately know better than take Ita seriously.
“It baffles every right thinking Akwa Ibomite that a road that has been a recurring decimal in the national budget since the inception of the APC led Federal Government in 2015 suddenly became the responsibility of the Akwa Ibom State Government? Is this call by Ita Enang for the Akwa Ibom state government to construct the Calabar- Itu Road not an indictment on the inept and incompetence of the Federal Government which Ita is feeding fat from? Obviously, Ita Enang’s disposition gives currency to the African proverb that ‘He who tears the garment of honour must put on the mask of disgrace’”.
Ita Enang’s shift of blame begs to ask at this point, what has suddenly happened to the campaign promise to fix the Calabar-Itu Road with spur to Ididep by the APC-led Federal Government during the 2019 Presidential Campaigns.
The Mandate Eyes however “urged Ita Enang and his party-led Federal Government to take responsibility by fulfilling their campaign promises, knowing that the people are the locus of political power, hence the sanctity of their welfare and livelihood, and stop the defence mechanism in which the human ego defends itself against unconscious impulses or qualities by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.
“It must be resounded that Governor Udom Emmanuel is focused on delivering his Completion Agenda as typified in some of the economic growth-pole projects such as the total Industrialization of the state, the Ibom Deep Seaport Project, Ibom Science Park Project and other Sustainable livelihood projects.
“Therefore, it is untenable, unacceptable and pedestrian for Ita Enang to exude such phantasmagorical statement,” Mandate Eyes further stated, warning Ita Enang to desist henceforth from engaging in sentimental blackmails against the Government and people of Akwa Ibom State, as such dispositions are capable of impairing the peace and stability of the state which Governor Udom Emmanuel and his people have worked so hard to protect.
“Sen. Enang should use his ‘vociferous advocacy on the media to get the Federal Government of Nigeria to live up to its responsibility of constructing the Calabar-Itu Road for the betterment of the citizenry, rather than wallow in an aimless dance of the spirits.”