By, Vitalis Ugoh, Calabar.
The National President of Cross River University of Technology (Crutech) alumni association, Mr. Eyam Abeng, has called on the Federal Government to find a political solution to the lingering issue over oil wells between Cross River and Akwa Ibom States.
Abeng made the call in Uyo during the inauguration of Akwa Ibom chapter of Crutech alumni.
He noted that since the 2012 court ruling that ceded Cross River 76 oil wells to Akwa Ibom, things have not gone smoothly between the two states.
Abeng lamented that after the court ruling, the two states no longer relate like sister states as was the case before the case but rivals states within the South-South region.
According to him, “after Cross River which is the host state of our university, Akwa Ibom, has produced the highest number of graduates from the institution.
“This means that a large percentage of the work force in the two states were products of Crutech. Despite this, the relationship between the two states collapsed in 2012 after the court ruling that ceded the 76 oil wells to Akwa Ibom.”
“This has drastically affected development in both states. To resolve this, I want to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to find a lasting political solution to the issue.”
While urging the new inaugurated chapter executives to use their position to rebuild the soared relationship between the two states, he expressed confidence in the leadership of both states to establish a robust partnership that will transform to feasible tangible development in the states.
“Although we are a young association, our collective objective must be to rekindle the soared relationship between our states. We must begin to see ourselves as formidable forces to take over affairs of our states.
“I have confidence in Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River and Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom to set a standard for the younger generation of leaders to follow in terms of feasible projects that will enhance robust relationship among their citizens.”
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