The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has appealed to the Federal Government for an immediate construction of the dilapidated Calabar-Akwa Ibom through Abia to Rivers States.
Governor Emmanuel made the appeal on Monday during the South South Town Hall Meeting organized by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, held at the Le Meridien Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo.
According to the governor; “Akwa Ibom is the largest producer of the nation’s wealth yet has no federal presence. I wish the federal government could intervene in the dilapidated road from Calabar to Akwa Ibom and through Abia to Rivers state. We are not asking the federal government to do everything, but we also seek approval to adopt the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model that can enable these roads to be reconstructed”.
However, the Town Hall meeting was attended by who is who in the State including the deputy Governor; Mr Moses Ekpo, the speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly; Barrister Onofiok Luke, State Chief Judge; Justice Stephen Okon, State PDP Chairman; Obong Paul Ekpo, the State Publicity Secretary of the party; Barrister Ini Ememobong, amongst other well meaning sons and daughters of the state.
Others are the Information Minister; Mr Lai Mohammed, the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of Budget and National Planning; Senator Udoma Udoma, Minister for Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, that of Niger Delta Affairs; Pastor Usani Usani, amongst other persons from different sectors of the economy.
Various Ministers lauded the Akwa Ibom State government for her untiring effort towards improving the socio-economic well-being of the citizenry.
On his part, the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, while thanking the PDP government in Akwa Ibom for the dream of having a deep Seaport at Ibaka, assured that the federal government will give necessary support to the actualization of the port.
Citizens were given the opportunity to ask questions. A youth leader from Eket Senatorial District in Akwa Ibom State, sought to know why an Akwa Ibom man was sacked as the Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), and was replaced by someone from Rivers State, when Akwa Ibom’s tenure was yet to elapse.