SENATE NEWS: Oil well saga – Senator Esuene warns against fanning embers of disunity
LEGISREPORTS NG - Senator representing Akwa Ibom South (Eket) Senatorial District in Akwa Ibom State, Senator Helen Esuene has strongly advised the peoples and functionaries of Akwa Ibom and Cross River State not to fan embers of disunity between the two states.
She has sued for stronger ties between the two states, explaining that those fanning the embers of disunity between the two sisters states using the issue of the oil wells saga were out for mischief.
Mrs Esuene spoke at a book launch in Calabar titled ”Cross River State: First 45 years” authored by former Head of Service in her husband’s tenure, late Brigadier Gen. Jacob Esuene’s government in the state, Chief Wilfred Inah.
Represented at the event by a former Speaker of the Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly, Mr. Bassey Essien, Esuene said it was unnecessary to whip up sentiments of disunity and acrimony using the oil wells saga since the relationship between the people of the two sisters states predates the oil wells issue.
Lamenting that the oil wells issue has become subject of discussion in public fora, the Senator said such development was capable of causing disaffection between brothers and sisters of the two states and warned that such should be ignored and ”should not be central issue in public discussion”.
The Senator said the erstwhile Cross River from which Akwa Ibom was carved out has remained as one entity uniting the people of the two sisters states adding that the idea of creating Akwa Ibom out of Cross River was not for disunity and acrimony but for even distribution of development.
She however warned those perpetrating disunity between the people of the two sister states to desist in the interest of peace and unity and commended the elders of Cross River who championed the cause of creating Akwa Ibom out of Cross River state for their kind thoughts which ensured the creation of the sister state.
In an interview shortly after the ceremony, the former speaker stated that since the issue of zoning of political offices was constitutional, it was the turn of the Eket Senatorial District in Akwa Ibom state to produce the next governor of the state.
He said his argument is predicated on the fact that the two other senatorial districts of Ikot Ekpene and Uyo have taken their respective slots in the governorship while Eket senatorial district was still lagging behind.
Essien urged the people of Eket Senatorial District to work hard for the slot adding that power has never been given on a platter of gold noting that as gold you have to dig deep
The former speaker used the occasion to debunk speculations that the people of the senatorial district were not united over the course of producing the next governor of the state.
Earlier ,former Minister of Finance, Etubom Anthony Ani said the exercise which led to the carving out of Akwa Ibom from Cross River state was championed mostly by some elders from Cross River who considered that development projects must spread evenly among the people of the two sister states adding that the creation of Akwa Ibom state was not borne out of disunity but of massive development.
Chief Ani however took a swipe at those fanning the disunity of the two sister states using the oil wells saga as an issue.
This report was prepared by our reporter in Calabar.