The Senior special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang has condemned Governor Emmanuel’s purported lobby for the proposed Federal University of Technology to be sited in his hometown, Onna Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
Recall that Federal government had on June, 2021 approved the establishment of two Universities in Jigawa and Akwa Ibom States while upgrading four other existing institutions to status of University in other zones.
Since after the approval was made public, many stakeholders and political actors in the state have been agitating for the location of the institution in their area.
The governor of the state, Udom Emmanuel was not left out in the lobby as he has reportedly written a letter to the federal government requesting for the University to be sited in his local government, Onna.
But President Buhari’s Aide, Enang who was the mastermind and facilitator of the project said the governor’s action was unbecoming and selfcentric.
He wondered why the governor would want all the projects in his administration such as Flour Mill, a Syringe Factory, a Plywood Mill, a University Teaching Hospital and the best road network be sited in his local government, saying such was ‘improper and imprudent’.
Enang who spoke on weekend at a media briefing in his Ewet Housing residence said Gov. Emmanuel was elected as the governor of Akwa Ibom State and not the chairman of Onna or Councillor of his ward, adding by working to attract development to his home town, the governor is acting in a manner that he could be described as ‘Udomcentric’ ‘Onnacentric’, ‘IMM’ (I,.me and myself), selfcentric.
He said, “The governor had formally made a request that the University be sited in Onna. I consider this as improper, imprudent and I consider it that he is not acting as Governor of Akwa Ibom State. If everything that comes to Akwa Ibom has to go to Onna, the Governor is acting in a manner that he could be described as Udomcentric, Onnacentric IMM (I, Me and Myself), selfcentric.
“Gov Udom Emmanuel was chosen to be the Governnor of Akwa Ibom State and not the chairman of Onna LGA or councillor representing his ward in Onna.
“Onna has the University Teaching Hospital, Onna has the flour Mill, Onna has Plywood Mill, Onna has the Syringe Factory, Onna has the roads, Onna has the biggest private estate owned by one person. How?”
The presidential aide said the Governor should note that as a trustee of the people he would be held to account for his inactions when he leaves office.
He said, “Every person who is in a position of responsibility should know that he is in that position as a trustee of the people and there is a terminal date and when you come out if you don’t face the consequences of your inaction while in office, you will face it after and you will not be able to correct it.”
He revealed that FG based on federal character rule has chosen Ikot Abasi for the location of the University and urged traditional rulers, and Akwa Ibom leaders across political parties to encourage the governor to allow the University to be sited in Ikot Abasi and not Onna.
Enang thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Ministry of Education, for choosing Akwa Ibom State for the location of the Federal University, saying that was a proof of the president’s slogan, “I belong to everybody, I belong to nobody.’
“I want to say that the whole of Akwa Ibom people should rise up, the traditional rulers, the elders, leaders, politicians across political parties and try to encourage Gov Udom Emmanuel, that he should accept and work for the establishment of this University in Ikot Abasi not in Onna.
“So I pray Gov Udom Emmanuel not to press and push for the federal University to be kept in Onna. He should support that it should go to Ikot Abasi and be a part of the success of that institution”. he said.
However, the state Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Ini Ememobong, described Enang in a reaction as greedy and myopic, adding that he is seeing the Governor from his own spectacle.
He said, “The accuser is seeing the Governor from his own spectacle, a spectacle of myopic greed, he is suffering from strategic anaesia. This is the same person who everything he wants to attract, is for Ndidep, not Ibiono, not Uyo Senatorial district. He is suffering from supersonic greed.
“When he is talking about Calabar-Itu road, he is talking of the spur to Ndidep, because he is from Ndidep. He cried when Akpabio took the Federal Polytechnic to Ukana, where did he want to site it Ndidep?” He queried.