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Remapping Akwa Ibom: Don’t be complicit, Indigenes warn Boundary Commission

The National Boundary Commission has been warn against compromise in the alleged move to remap Akwa Ibom State. Some indigenes who are against the exercise…

The National Boundary Commission has been warn against compromise in the alleged move to remap Akwa Ibom State.

Some indigenes who are against the exercise gave the warning on Monday/

There are reports that some officials of the commission are being expected in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, to ratify “the illegal, skewed and clearly unconstitutional and hastily rustled up” new map of Akwa Ibom.

“From Monday, the 22nd May, the Governor would have only seven (7) days left in office as chief executive, but, even with all the odds stacked against him, he has sworn to contrive a new map, wherein ONNA Local Government Area, which is his local government of origin, is suddenly presented with the status of a coastal local government from its hitherto naturally hinterland position by remapping to the Atlantic Ocean.”

“It is a known fact that the Governor has secretly assented to the law which the State House of Assembly hurriedly passed without due process as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 [as amended]. The Governor has also ordered the Surveyor General of the State to draw a new map for the State, without following due process.

“It is that secret new map that the Governor wants the National Boundary Commission to adopt and accord official status on Monday, 22nd May, 2023. Furthermore the new map is set to be launched and gazetted as part of the State laws, captioned “Laws of Akwa Ibom State (Revised Edition) 2022” on the same date.

“He has spared no expense and he cares less, so long as he bequeaths to his local government area the benefit of Petroleum Industry Act by extending the hinterland boundaries to the Atlantic ocean.

” The Surveyor General of Nigeria had to set the record straight after being joined as a defendant in a suit filed by the three local government areas negatively affected by the wanton and self seeking action of the outgoing Governor.
The action of the Governor is reprehensible and has been met with State wide condemnation!

“It is believed that when the Governor began this extremely maddening move to remap Akwa Ibom State only for the benefit of ONNA, Eket and Esit Eket Local Government Areas, that a very respected Elder State-man had warned him to desist from this very dangerous act which is capable of destroying the State, especially as this is done only a few days to the end of his administration.

“The Governor, in his characteristic unbending manner refused to heed good counsel and reaffirmed his willingness to take full responsibility for the consequences of his actions. The Governor has no altruistic reason to draw a map for Akwa Ibom as there is already an existing and uncontested official map. As he leaves office, the Governor is furiously and feverishly working to establish a kingdom for himself within the oil conglomerates of Akwa Ibom State. It is strongly believed that the Governor has annexed a massive portion of the land donated to Sterling Global in Eastern Obolo Local Government Area and turned it into his private property. To protect this greed against protestation from Eastern Obolo LGA (the owners of the land) in future, the Governor wants the entire land mass to now belong to ONNA LGA where the Governor comes from.”

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