By Evelyn Affia
Conference of Village Heads, Esit Eket chapter has advocated for the review of some obnoxious laws that restrain and hinder host communities from negotiating their welfare, particularly in the oil industry.
Describing the existing law as “repugnant” and” unacceptable”, the royal fathers made a case for the introduction of Akwa Ibom State Oil Mineral Producing Commission by the state government to handle the development challenges of the oil producing communities in the state.
They made their positions known on last Thursday when the they paid a courtesy call on the member representing Esit Eket/ Ibeno State Constituency, Rt. Hon Usoro Akpanusoh at the Assembly Complex.
Speaking through their co-ordinator, Eteidung Ime Idiyang, the monarchs said; “Some obnoxious laws that restrain and hinders host communities from negotiating their welfare particularly in the oil industry is very repugnant and unacceptable, as the people who suffer the pains and hazard are not part of decision making of what affect them”.
Continuing, the conference urged the legislator to facilitate the process of passing into law “Oil Mineral Producing Development Area Commission” which they noted will help them access the 13% derivation fund.
Speaking further, Eteidung Idiyang, stressed the need to recognize omitted clans and villages in Esit Eket.
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“Permit us here to stress the importance of omitted clans in Esit Eket. Armoury Talbot 1928 reported eleven clans in Eket and this traditional clans and villages are still in existence, yet not gazetted nor recognized. We pray that these villages and clans be gazetted and recognized”.
The group used the visit to commend the state governor for his developmental strides.
“Our visit today is to encourage you and His Excellency to continue in the gigantic stride of transforming the state and uplifting the state of her citizens”.
The group also used the opportunity to highlight other areas that require urgent attention to include, Amendment of Traditional Rulers Law, payment of stipends of traditional rulers and palace upkeep, development projects and industrialization etc.
Responding, the member representing Esit Eket/Ibeno State Constituency, Rt Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh, thanked the Royal Fathers for paying him the visit and promise to do his best in ensuring that all their demands are met.