EndSARS Protest: Bakassi Chairman Concludes Visit On Victims, Commiserates With House Of Assembly Member

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By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar

The Executive and Legislative Arms of the Bakassi Local Government Council have commiserated with its  representative in the State House of Assembly, Rt.Hon. Ekpo Ekpo Bassey, whose  country home cum Liaison Office at Ekpri Ikang, was damaged by hoodlums under the guise of EndSARS protest in the area.

The Council which was led by the Chairman of Bakassi Local Government Area, Hon Chief Iyadim Amboni Iyadim, met the state Legislator in his office in the House of  Assembly.
He was accompanied by the Vice Chairman, Hon Etieka Mrs Lawrencia Ita, Leader of Council and Hon Pastor Emmanuel Michael Effiong.

Others include, members of Bakassi Legislature, Secretary of Council Hon Eyo Bassey Edet and Supervisors as well as Head of Local Government Administration HOLGA Elder Paul Agboche.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman of Bakassi Local Government Area Hon Chief Iyadim Amboni Iyadim, who introduced his entourage as an all  inclusive one, said “we came to commiserate with Hon Bassey over the destruction of his house at Ekpri Ikang during the ENDSARS Protest. We have also  visited  owners of   private  property destroyed during the period such as Saint Mary Hotel and Conference at Ekpri Ikang as well as the only financial institution in the area,  Ekondo Microfinance Bank, Ikang.

According to Iyadim, other property destroyed in the area included the  local government council  secretariat, several health centres, primary and post primary schools, police station, Nigerian Immigration Service and Nigerian Customs Service offices as well as all the  52 housing units of the Ayade Social Resettlement Estate where furnishings, furniture and fittings were all looted and carried away  by the hoodlums.

Iyadim, who  noted that Bakassi was the worst hit local government during the protests,  wondered why those involved in the dastardly act could not protect or  preserve what rightly belong to them,  adding that  they had gone round the area to ascertain the level of destruction caused by the hoodlums.

He lamented that all that was put in place within his first 100 days in office which  culminating  in an award to him  for the first Chairman to add value to local government governance in Niger Delta region has been destroyed.

Responding,  the member representing Bakassi Local Government Area in the State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Dr Ekpo Ekpo Bassey, condemned the attacks under whatever guise and called those involved criminals and heartless while calling on leadership of the council  to partner  elders  to  address issues  concerning the area because  according to him ,the essence of creating  local government was to bring development to the grass root  as well as take government nearer to the people.

The Legislature, a one time Chairman of Bakassi Local Government,  who called for an observation of  one minute silence in honor of policeman who was killed when the hoodlums attacked the Divisional Police Station, Ikot Effiom, advised that  the Chairman should  not to be deterred by the level of destruction in the area but  come out stronger , determined and more courageous to serve the people better.

He, however, enjoined those who took part in the destruction of property during the protests to convert  such an amazing  energy, vigor and power for growth and development of the area  than use them for destruction while praying that God should forgive them as  evil has eaten deep in them.

He therefore urged youths to avail themselves of the benefits of the  2021 State Budget tagged  ” Budget of Blush and Bliss”  because of its focus  on the needs of the youths ,service delivery and job creation , emphasising  that they do not have any excuse but take advantage of all its provisions to better their lots

Bassey pledged his preparedness to partner the Chairman  in his efforts to move the local government area to the next level.

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