Ex-Governor Attah, others ask Confab not to excise Akwa Ibom

The Akwa Ibom delegation to the National Conference has protested an attempt to excise parts of the state towards the creation of the proposed Oil Rivers State.

In a petition to the Conference Chairman, Idris Kutigi, members of the delegation said the attempt to dismember Akwa Ibom State was a treacherous plot capable of scuttling the final report of the Conference.

Those who signed the petition included a former governor of the state, Victor Attah, a former minister of Lands and Housing, Nduese Essien, and a former Military Administrator of the state, Idongesit Nkanga.

The delegates pointed out that the provision to create Oil Rivers State was contained on Page 4, Line 11 of the “Draft Constitution” produced by the Conference secretariat.

They noted that the plot amounted to a hidden agenda by people whose aim might be to scuttle the final outcome of the Conference.

Part of the letter read, “This action is at variance with the Conference decision of the Committee on Restructuring and Forms of Government. The conference decision as correctly reflected on Page 281 (b) of the draft report was that ‘the third state to be created in the South-South zone will be named later along with its state capital. This inclusion is a sleight of hand, unholy and completely unacceptable to us as there was no prior discussion with Akwa Ibom State and her delegates on the matter.”

While it supported the move for the creation of new states in deserving parts of the country, the delegates insisted that the process should have been in consultation with every relevant stakeholder.

“As the true representatives of our state and people at this Conference, we have been mandated to reject totally and disassociate ourselves and our state completely from this provision. We assert that no part of Akwa Ibom state should be excised to form a new state,” the letter concluded.


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  • concernednigerian

    State creation is to accelerate infrastructural development.With the creation of Bayelsa state and the developmental strides there, irrespective of misuse of funds as expected, has proven beyond doubt that to terrain is entirely insurmountable for developmental purposes. Attah and others have nothing to fear in the proposed Oil Rivers State. It will not go beyond the old Oil Rivers Protectorate. Ibibio and Annang people will not be ‘conscripted’ into Oil Rivers State and by the same token, no one should stand in the way of the Ijaws of Eastern Obolo in their effort to merge with their kith and kin in the proposed Oil Rivers State. The capital of the new state shall be confined to the Port Harcourt Township which the Okrika-Ijaws sold to the British without any incursion into the territory of Diobu village. Ijaws are peaceful people who only fight with vigour when provoked. However the troublesome area will be Abua in present day Ahoada who may want to join with their neighbours, the Kalabari-Ijaw in the proposed new state and I see no reason why anybody should stand in the way of the Abua people. The situation is encouraging since we can now do away with the upland-Riverine dichotomy in Rivers State. It is very shameful that the Ikwerre and other Igboid groups have been unable to get anything by themselves since the Ijaw fought and brought about Rivers State. They can continue to be River State while the Ijaws move ahead.