AKWA IBOM PEACEFUL FOR INVESTEMENT – EMIR OF KANO TELLS UDOM

… Monarch stakes $1.1b investment in QIPP


The Emir of Kano, HRH Muhammadu Sanusi 11 (CON) and Chairman, Qua Iboe Power Project, QIPP, has commended Akwa Ibom as a very peaceful state and thus recommends it as a safe haven for investors into the country. 

The Emir who spoke during a courtesy call on Governor Udom Emmanuel in Government House, Uyo, was full of praise for the giant strides his administration has recorded so far in the state. 

Alhaji Sanusi said he has followed with keen interest “the tremendous transformation, not just in infrastructural development but also in terms of peace and security”, that the governor has been able to sustain in the state.

The Emir announced plans by his company, QIPP, to invest $1.1billion in the
exploitation of gas in Akwa Ibom State.  Part of the investment, Sanusi said, would be the development of a Gas power plant, acquired from Mobil, that will add 540 megawatts of electricity to the national grid on completion. 

Akwa Ibom was chosen for the investments because according to him, it
has gotten all that they needed; “the Gas, the peace and the human capital.” 

The Emir further noted that for a country like Nigeria with an estimated
population of about 190 million, made up of a  large youth population, now is the time to start building an economy that would cater for the employment needs of the youthful population; noting, “if we don’t get it right now, what we will have in the future will be a child’s play compared to what is happening now.”

And not done talking he quipped, “We don’t have money to invest in power, We don’t have money to invest in infrastructure, but we have money to subsidize petroleum products”, stressing for the umpteenth time, “We have to get rid of subsidy.”

In his response, governor Udom Emmanuel commended the Emir for the visit to the
state and more importantly for “stepping out of your emirate to go out there and source for investments”.  He further said, “We want to tell the whole world that Akwa Ibom is ready for investments”. The governor further commended the traditional ruler for his courage in always speaking his mind on national issues and for doing so in a
non-partisan manner.

Governor Udom Emmanuel, who also used the opportunity to update the Emir on some of the key projects like the Ibom Deep Sea Port and the planned International logistics Centre to be located in Ikot Abasi, agreed with the Emir on the need to build a virile economy; noting that democracy can only thrive where there is a fledging economy.

Still stressing the importance and need for Nigeria to build a sound economy, governor              Udom Emmanuel advocated for a national economic chat where like-minds would come together to help chart an economic course for the country. Looking ahead of the coming 2019 elections, he urged politicians to be cautious with their utterances, noting; “Election is an integral part of democracy.

He pledged to look for more areas of collaboration even as he commended the Emir for his unyielding interest in the economic and political development
of the country.

The reception for the Emir and his entourage was held at the EXCO Chambers of
the Governor’s Office and in attendance were members of the state executive
council, and some lawmakers.

OPERATION DELIVER AKWA IBOM CAMPAIGN _ EX MILITANTS (CNDA)

A group of ex-militants under the aegis of Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators CNDA, urged all multinational oil companies operating in Akwa Ibom state to move out of the area or risk attack on their facilities. Spokesman of the ex-militants,  General John Duku, Niger Delta
Watchdogs, in a statement made available to newsmen  in Uyo decried the level of injustices, neglect, marginalization and the untold hardship the Multinational Oil Companies operating in Akwa Ibom State have meted out to the people.

 According to the statement, the agitators observed with dismay, that despite being in the business of exploiting and exploring oil from these communities for over 30years, the multinational oil companies   has completely neglected their Corporate Social Responsibilities, in the area of Scholarships, Employment and Empowerment for its host
communities.

‘’All these multinational oil and services companies do nothing to have even a liaison office in the state whereas 90% of their workforce are not indigenes of the state. And even the remaining 10% they pick from Akwa Ibom are placed under contract with meager payment without any entitlement. It is also noted that none of these companies, even their representatives deem it necessary to visit their host communities, this is satanic act and  we shall handle it the way and manner they too would feel the same pain these
communities have been passing through. ‘’Worst still is the fact that Oriental Energy Resources management believe and boast that with the personal relationship of the Managing Director, Alhaji Muhammed Indimi as an In-law to the President
and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, his company and assets are untouchable, thus he can do whatever he likes citing the recent case between Oriental Energy and Afren Resources Nigeria Limited which was ruled in his favour.

‘’From our findings, we know that the Community Affairs Department in all these Multinational Oil Companies are in the business of conniving with Traditional Rulers, Community Leaders and some government officials, to fraudulently steal, embezzle and criminally defraud the Core Oil Producing Communities of money meant for community
development and every other benefits that should have accrued to the oil producing communities’’. The situation is the same in all the core oil producing LGAs of the State. The worst is the situation we met at Effiat Coastal Communities of Mbo LGA, Amadaka in Eastern Obolo LGA, Ibeno LGA, Esit Eket LGA and many others. We therefore call on the government to ensure the withdrawal of certificates of these criminal Traditional Rulers.

‘’Recalling that during the height of the crisis in the Niger Delta region, Akwa Ibom State was peaceful, that is why these Multinational Oil and Services companies are taking undue advantage of the people of the state as there is peace in the region. It is well noted that the remote causes of the Niger Delta struggles for emancipation are injustice, neglect and marginalization’’.

‘’The Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators hereby vows to do everything possible to ensure the total liberation of Akwa Ibom people by any means necessary until total justice is achieved for the vulnerable and down trodden people’’.


’We shall immediately commence mobilization of all the key actors in this struggle, including all the militant groups to Akwa Ibom State in order to surmount these evil companies from the state. We shall ensure total shut down of all flow-stations, all the oil vessels would be attacked. This is “OPERATION DELIVER AKWA IBOM CAMPAIGN.”

”We promise that very soon we shall release the videos of our findings for the whole world to see the level of injustice and marginalization these multinational oil companies have caused to their host communities and therefore call on the President to call his in law, Alhaji Mohammed Indimi to order, Nigerians voted you to protect lives and properties, not to protect Indimi, enough of these injustice’’ the statement concluded.

Published in maiden edition, Lens Newspapers Vol. 1 No. 14.

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