Akwa Ibom Money Used To Repay China Railway Loan
Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has accused the federal government of neglecting the state.
The governor in a report, stated that the State is the largest producer of oil in the country. He went further to challenge the minister of petroleum resources, asking for evidence of a kiosk that is NNPC or DPR office in the State.
“Let them show us even one reservoir that they say is a petroleum depot in Akwa Ibom,” he said to the cheering of the crowd which included pastors, traditional rulers, politicians and a former governor of the state, Godswill Akpabio, who is the Senate Minority Leader.
We Must Take Our Destiny In Our Hands
The governor said the state government was building a deep seaport in the state which, when completed, will benefit not only Nigeria but other countries as well in the Gulf of Guinea. He said it was unfortunate that the federal government was not giving the state the needed support for the project.
He however stated that; the state cannot wait for the federal government, “we must take our destiny in our hands. We must work for our people. We must serve our people. ”
“Let the federal government this year look at the infrastructure in Akwa Ibom. We need a road from Calabar to Ikot Ekpene, to Aba and up to Lagos. We need a railway line because the loan that we collected from China to develop railway lines in Nigeria, the repayment of that loan will also come from resources out of Akwa Ibom. So, we also need a rail line that will run throughout coastline.
The governor however noted the lack of federal support for Akwa Ibom. In spite of this, he said the state is enjoying a constant supply of electric power. This he claims is obviously the effort of the State Government.
In conclusion, he tagged the state, God’s own project.