- Presidential aide, Senator Ita Enang, is under fire for recent comments he made concerning the Calabar-Itu road
- A socio-political organization based in Akwa Ibom state has accused Enang of indicting President Buhari
- The presidential aide recently demanded Governor Udom Emmanuel's assistance in the construction of the road
A socio-political organization based in Uyo, Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement, AILM, has accused the senior special assistant to the president on Niger Delta, Senator Ita Enang, of indicting President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group said by calling on the presidency to compel Governor Udom Emmanuel to construct Calabar-Itu highway, the presidential aide has questioned President Buhari's true intention on the road.
President Buhari had during the 2019 electioneering period, promised to fix the road.
The group reasoned that Enang's comments call to question all efforts made by the federal government on the dilapidated federal road.
Speaking in Uyo, the group’s secretary-general, Solomon Abasiekong Esq., said Senator Enang has made people question Buhari’s sincerity in constructing the popular road.
“Enang’s recent demand for Governor Emmanuel's assistance in the construction of Calabar-Itu road is an indirect indictment on the so-called integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“It shows that either the president was lying to the people of Akwa Ibom state or was using the road to curry support for his reelection,’’ he said.
He added that: “Akwa Ibom people are satisfied with the transparent nature of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration, as such, we have no question for whatever he uses Akwa Ibom money to do because he has the people’s interest at heart.’’
The federal government had awarded the contract for the construction of the road since 2017, however, only N3 billion was released in 2018 budget.
The total span of the road from Odukpani Junction in Cross River to Ibiakpan Junction in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom was about 22 kilometres with a cost of about N51 billion.
Recall that Governor Emmanuel recently expressed deep gratitude to citizens of the state for their collective will and resolve to stand for peace, unity and development for the state.
This was contained in his Christmas message to the people in Uyo, the state capital on Tuesday, December 24.
“I urge you to invest more, by your thoughts, deeds and actions on those things that unify us around our common purpose of living in a prosperous and peaceful state and to forswear indulging in divisive tendencies,” the governor said.
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