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Date Published: 06/16/11

New A'Ibom Assembly should be better focused by Asuquo Edet

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After reading in the Weekly Insight newspaper on face book and National Mirror on Sunday 5/06/11, the report captioned  “Pioneer Rotary Machine: Christy Igbokwe to refund N5.5million” I felt thoroughly disappointed that such mundane issue had occupied the time of the last Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly since 2008. This is a matter I thought had been forgotten or is in court; not knowing that political and personal interests have continued to remain with it. Our illustrious daughter and Lady of Songs, Christy Essien Igbokwe (the Adiaha Akwa Ibom) is one of the persons that by the special grace of the Almighty God made possible the huge revenue our (Akwa Ibom) State and, in fact, the entire littoral States in Nigeria are enjoying today as a result of the abrogation of the on-shore-off-shore oil dichotomy made possible by the IBB regime; a position that would have remained a mirage if left with the civilian democracy. Is it this same lady that the present Akwa Ibom government is trying at all cost to drag her name in the mud? What ingratitude!

As could be deduced from the vituperations of the immediate past State House of Assembly, apart from this Printing Machine Contract which was awarded to Christy’s Company as far back as 1995 by Col Bako’s administration and reviewed by Attah’s administration, no other Contract I am told has ever been awarded to her by any other administration in Akwa Ibom State. What a shame! This is the same lady who had helped recover N300 million being the first on-shore-off-shore oil dichotomy largesse owed Akwa Ibom State by the Federal Government during the regime of the late Obong Akpan Isemin at a time civil servants were owed two months’ salary. For doing that for Akwa Ibom State, Chrsty was offered N30 million commission which she refused to accept not only in sympathy with the civil servants but also because, as she explained, “I do not do good things for Akwa Ibom State in order to reap personal profit but rather for the general wellbeing of my people”.

When this issue of the Printing Machine raged on in 2008, a report in the press concerning it revealed that a Lagos-based business woman/politician (names withheld), see Vanguard newspaper 15/03/08, had fleeced Akwa Ibom State of the sum equivalent of US$1 million, which she collected from Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga’s administration but never supplied even a single part of a Printing Machine. What has the State government done to recover the said amount from this lady?  As I gathered, most newspaper establishments acquire new machines at average of 5-year usage therefore nothing was wrong if Akwa Ibom Newspaper Corporation, acquired new one after 8-year of the one supplied by Christy; just as it was reported recently that the Akwa Ibom State Executive Council approved purchase of another Printing Machine at a cost of N431 million – refer to Business Day newspaper 22/03/11. Many see the cost for just a Printing Machine for a government Newspaper Corporation as exorbitant and probably a way to siphon fund.

This question becomes pertinent when one considers the fact that the present administration in the State has been busy trying to rake up a Contract that was handled many years before it came into existence. It is doing this while turning a blind eye to more important cases of Contract failures and reckless spending, including that of the former Speaker of the State Assembly, Hon Ignatius Edet who reportedly misused the Assembly’s funds for which reason he was removed from office. I can now see why elected office holders would not want to leave office: they are afraid that their exit will only expose their evil deeds and for that same reason they prefer doing everything, including election rigging, in order to remain in power.

Apart from helping Akwa Ibom State at the very point of need, our daughter Christy I recall was once a family friend of the Akpabios and the same person God used in promoting them to their present position. In fact, as I gather, Christy it was who as a result of divine revelation recommended Her Excellency, Chief (Mrs.) Ekaette Unoma Akpabio for marriage to her husband because her aura would remarkably help them. All these and more I read in the press and some of their close friends have corroborated it.  And so my question is: Between Christy and the Akpabios, what went wrong? Only Governor Akpabio, his wife, and our daughter Christy can tell. Or should we take it that anyone who in the past impacted positively on the governor’s life remains banished from Akwa Ibom State as is common these days?  And if it is so, can someone please tell us why it has to be in a State once noted as very peaceful? The best one can expect from the new Akwa Ibom House of Assembly is to rather explore ways of reconciling the two families for the progress of our State instead of dissipating further energy on any mundane thing.

Asuquo Edet,

    348 Ikwerre Road

       Port Harcourt, Rivers State

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