By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Akwa Ibom State is hoping to expand its status and income from the federation account with the discovery of rich crude content in Uruan Local Government Area of the state.
The state is currently awaiting the conclusion of paper formalities to kick start exploration of the discovered crude in the area, Governor Udom Emmanuel disclosed this during his 2019 governorship campaign tour to the area on Tuesday.
Governor Emmanuel who added that the exploration of oil will soon commence in the area, explained that once that is done it would boost the economy of the area and create employment for the people.
“Uruan is at the verge of becoming one of the oil producing communities in the state. That is why you see a new oil rig in the area, once we are done with signing of papers, we will commence exploration’. He said
Still in the desire to create wealth for the people of the area, Governor Emmanuel said his administration has also to establish a green house agric farm project, along airport road for cultivation of some special crops in the area.
“I can assure the people of Uruan that every ongoing project in the area including the Green House will be completed and commissioned before the end of the administration”.
On the cattle range expected to soon take off in the area, for the production of milk and yoghurt, Governor Emmanuel explained that though government has concluded preparations for the range, it was necessary for the 2000 cattle purchased to reproduce in their natural habitat before being transported down to the state.
He reiterated his committed to improve healthcare delivery in the state, since health it is said is wealth.
“Ituk Mbang hospital was overgrown with weeds without maintenance and we came in and turn its fortunes around, equipped it with modern facilities. The first ever range in the state is at Adadia. All these things are set up for the economy and job creation”. He said
He used the rally to reiterate the prayers offered by the Paramount Ruler of the area that “The blood of innocent Akwa Ibomites killed politically will find their killers”.
The political leader of the area, Obong Peter Ekpe Atakpo while addressing the rally, on behalf of the people thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for being the first governor to fulfill a promise to develop the area.
He listed the projects established and facilitated by the Governor in the area to include; Akwa Prime Hatchery, Anua-Mbak-Ishiet road, Mbiaya Uruan road, Mbiatok Itam-Mbiaya Uruan road, Mbiaya-Ita-Ikpa-Mbiakong- Idu road, Ituk Mbang General Hospital, Adadia/Use Cattle Range, Housing Estate- Ibiaku Ishiet, Greenhouse Agric farm project- Airport road and facilitating the commencement of oil production by Moni Polo at Adadia.
He listed other developmental touch by the administration in the area to include; creation of new clan in Uruan, establishment of oil refinery at Ndon Ebom, Nduetong Oku-Ibiaku Uruan-Utit Uruan-Ekid Itam road, Grading/opening of Uyo Itam-Ibiaku-Uruan to planet FM, grading /opening of rural roads to link Central Uruan with southern Uruan.
“You have done so much for Uruan, you are our best since the creation of this state. No one has been this good to us. We had no road but you gave us roads. Before you were sworn in, you promised to fix the road leading to the palace of the paramount ruler of ibiono, as soon as you got it, you made that the first contract awarded. Thank you that you didnt lie to us. You are the only one to have united the ibibios. Today all the paramount rulers are united”. He said
Also addressing the occasion, the Chairman, Uruan Local Government Area, Mr. Henry Udofia said Governor Udom Emmanuel brought political liberation to the people of Uruan. This he said has motivated the people to plan to vote him massively to return for a second term.
His words; “You have brought political liberation to Uruan, now we know the value of government. You helped Uruan to benefit from government, we were deceived for years; they will bring grader and pulled out after election. You started the roads before election. We hereby pledge to give you 100 percent vote”, Obong Atakpo praised the Governor.
Highpoint of the rally was defection of former members of the APC from the area to the PDP