By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
The painful death of a-26 year old job-seeker, Iniubong Umoren has continued to dampen the public as the University of Uyo releases list of its graduands mobilised for next batch of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
On the list released by the University authorities in Uyo on Thursday, late Iniubong, made a Second Class Upper Division. The second highest grade in the Department of Physiology with GPA of 4.12.
Rather than the news being greeted with the usual joy of a great feat in her family, friends and wider public, were uncontrollable tears of painful and unbearable exit of young but promising Iniubong, an orphan whose star is deemed in midday.
She was gruesomely murdered by a scammer, Uduak Frank Akpan who lured her to his killing den for a job offer last week, raped, killed her in cool blood and burried her in a shallow grave.
Uduak, who has confessed to his crime, is cooling his feet in the police cell awaiting to get reward of his act, which he allegedly confessed, is his family business with many innocent souls wasted away unknown.
Trend of condemnations attracted by the public from all divides on him since the news of the incident came public, are already without controversy, allocating a tag for him and his accomplices in their rightly belonging place soon.
Meanwhile, a legal practitioner and human rights activist, Inibehe Effiong Esq. has attributed the gruesome murder of Miss Iniubong Umoren to the high unemployment rate in Akwa Ibom State.
In a press conference on Friday, Effiong said Miss Umoren, would not have been killed by Uduak if the state government had created job opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths of the state.
He decried the 2020 third quarter data report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) which placed Akwa Ibom second in the unemployment index in the country.
”As Nigerians continue to mourn with us over the killing of Iniubong Umoren history will judge us harshly if we fail to examine how her own government by omission or commission contributed to her untimely death”, he added.
The human rights lawyer, accused the state governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel of refusing to assent to the Akwa Ibom Youth Development Fund Bill which, he stated would have created opportunities for economic empowerment of the unemployed youths in the state.
He advocated that the best way to honour the memory of late Miss Umoren was for the state government to name a public building or institution after her as well as channel the huge resources of the state to create jobs.
”A public building or institution in Uyo should be named or renamed after the Late Miss Iniubong Umoren to honour her memory and to constantly remind predators that rape, assault, murder and other forms of violence against women are intolerable in Akwa Ibom state.
”The state government should immediately come up with specific concrete and verifiable policies and measures to address and significantly reduce the alarming high unemployment rate in Akwa Ibom state.
”The Akwa Ibom State Youth Development Fund Bill should be re-passed by the State House of Assembly and assented to by the Governor without delay”, he posited.