Contrary to claims by the Leader of Oro Think Tank, Mr. Chris Abasi Eyo, Governor Udom Emmanuel has not marginalized the Oro ethnic group in the distribution of political offices in the state.
A group in the state, the MANDATE EYES, has described Chris Abasi Eyo’s claim as false and misleading, urging the public to discountenance the said publication.
In a statement jointly issued by the Coordinator, Ernest Akpan and Secretary, Joseph Okon, the MANDATE EYES reminded Chris Eyo that the current administration under Governor Udom Emmanuel has favoured the Oro ethnic group more than previous governments in the area of appointments and spread of projects since state creation .
The MANDATE EYES wondered why an ethnic group which constitutes One out of the Ten Federal Constituencies in the state would be crying of marginalization when the Secretary to the State Government is from their area and also parades a large number of aides to the Governor, Chairmen and Members of Boards and Commission.
The statement reads in part; “Chris Abasieyo’s jaundiced disarticulations seems personal and doesn’t, by any stretch of imagination, reflect the truth or reality.
“It therefore doesn’t deserve the attention of any person of sound mind, but for the sake of the gullible and misinformed, with incapacity to synchronize and sieve the substance from the chaff, It’s pertinent to situate the Abasieyo smear campaign within the prism of ad hominem arguments.
“First, that Chris Abasieyo, one who should be more knowledgeable about the workings of government, having served as a Commissioner for Information in the state to disarticulate that, ”The recent reconstitution of some Boards tends to suggest that the Governor doesn’t reckon with Oro ethnic nationality or Oron federal constituency while making his appointments. Ordinarily, someone from Oron area should chair at least one of the aforementioned Boards”, suggests that Chris was either misinformed or that his commonsense has been overwhelmed by the jaundiced political considerations.
“This opinion is underscored by the fact that his claims have failed every historical test, and presents no believable fragmentary evidence to back his hasty claims as prescribed by Prof. Geoffrey Barraclough.
“Secondly, it begs to ask, what board appointment in the state could be higher than the positions of Secretary to the State Government and Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, a position Oron Federal Constituency has held since the inception of the current administration till date?
“Has Chris ventured into the fruitless adventure of historical revisionism or has he allowed himself to be used as a pawn in the hands of the capricious political elites whose aim is to masquerade their original interest of primitive accumulation?
The group reasoned that, “having served as a member of the state executive council, Chris can’t repudiate the sacrosanct truth that no other administration since the creation of Akwa Ibom in 1987 has given Oro nation this magnitude of representation in terms of appointments and projects.”
He listed the state appointees from Oron Federal Constituency to include the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, Mr. Orman Esin and his Transport counterpart, Hon. Uno Etim Uno as key members of the Udom Emmanuel’s cabinet.
Among the board members from Oron federal constituency include, Barrister Ekpenyong Ntekim, Chairman of the Board of Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic; Professor Peter Esuh, Chairman of the Land Use and Allocation Committee; Mr. George Henshaw who was Chairman, Technical School Board between 2016-2020, among several other appointments.
The writers also listed the Senior Special Assistants, SSA, to the Governor Rt. Hon. Alice Ekpenyong and Chief Mrs. Janet Amba, while others include, Barr Ewa Okpo, Member of Hotels Management and Tourism Board, Sir Michael Essang, Member of Akwa Ibom Property and Investment Board, Mr Anyangha Anyangha, member of Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, Engr. Effiong Essang of the State Scholarship Board, Elder Ita Iniekung of the Agric Loans Board, Mrs Precious Selong who until recently was a member of the Uyo Capital City Development Authority, Ulap Okon Enweme, Member of Uyo Capital City Development Authority, Mr Okpoyo Etifit, member, Akwa Ibom Roads and other Infrastructure Maintenance Agency,AKROIMA.
The Mandate Eyes insisted that Oron is only one out of ten federal constituencies in the state, and not one out of the three senatorial zones and that in Eket Senatorial District,it is the Oron Federal Constituency which has been in the saddle as the highest political office holders in Eket Senatorial District, apart from the position of Governor, with the Senator representing the zone, Nelson Effiong(2015-2019, and Akon Eyakenyi (2019-2023)”
The group also wondered why Chris Abasieyo’s has forgotten that “sitting on top of billions approved as budget for the nine states in the Niger Delta region, is an Oro son, Mr Effiong Akwa, the sole administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission,NDDC, a position several others could use to better the lots of their people?”