The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Technical Matters and Due Process, Engineer Ufot Ebong, alongside the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Ekerete Udoh have snubbed the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly’s invitation to explain their roles in the alleged fraud that rocked the Anchor Poultry Borrowers’ Scheme.
The ad-hoc committee to Investigate the Newspaper Publications of Beneficiaries for the Anchor Poultry Borrowers Scheme is currently sitting at the Assembly complex and had extended invitations to the duo alongside the Special Assistant to the Governor on Project Monitoring (Agriculture), Moses Armstrong.
Though Armstrong has honoured the invitation, Elder Ebong and Ekerete Udoh boycotted the invitation.
The Committee which is made up of Prince Idongesit Ituen (Itu), Usoro Akpanusoh (Esit Eket/Ibeno), Nse Ntuen (Essien Udim), Samuel Ufuo (Mbo), Mfon Ekong (Nsit Ibom), Uduak Odudoh (Ikot Abasi) and Idongesit Ntekpere (Ikot Ekpene) however gave the governor’s men another chance to appear before the committee by extending another invitation to them.
The snub however angered members of the ad-hoc committee which prompted the Committee Chairman, Prince Idongesit Ituen to say that Ebong and Udoh will face penalties if they fail to honour their next invitation.
According to sources close to the governor’s men, Elder Ebong and Ekerete Udoh “don’t give a damn about such invitations because the lawmakers are toothless bulldogs who can’t do anything to them”.
The Sources who spoke to TheMail on condition of anonymity said that Ebong and Udoh have told them that the lawmakers are simply angry because they were not consulted and given slots before the names of beneficiaries were published on the pages of newspapers.