The former governor of Akwa Ibom State and elder statesman, Obong Victor Attah has taken a snap on Governor Udom Emmanuel’s industrialization strides, describing it as a mystery.
Obong Attah said this while speaking at the Shehu Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja during his 80th birthday and launch of his book, “It Is Well With My Soul”, where he took time to do an appraisal of Emmanuel’s administration.
Victor Attah who frowned at what he termed imaginary industries of Governor Emmanuel said that there was “no major project attributed to him” after almost four years of his saddle. “Governor Emmanuel’s period remains a mystery at the moment, it is almost impossible to find any major project attributed to him”.
Attah said. “In one article published by his Commissioner for Information, readers were told that the Government had established among other things, a rice mill, a fertilizer blending plant and a pencil and toothpick factory. Obviously, a fact-finding tour could not fail to visit Ini, Abak and Itu Local Government Area where the plants are supposed to be situated. None of these plants lived up to expectation”.
“Apparently publishing falsehood about achievements has now become the primary function of Government in Akwa Ibom. Has honour fled from the State?” Obong Attah inquired.
Earlier, the Editor of the book, Dr Dele Sobowale had taken on Governor Emmanuel for being untruthful to Akwa Ibom people about a non-existent rice mill in Ini Local Government Area. In a widely circulated article, the media consultant to Obong Attah recalled how he had gone to Uyo market to get the rice but found none and later took a tour to the supposed mill but found no rice mill.
“On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, I went to Ini in search of rice. As it turned out, it is only about twenty minutes’ drive from Ikot Ekpene and you pass through Ikono Local Government before turning right on the Arochukwu road to reach Ini. There I saw an uncompleted unit, I saw a few people working there and asked to buy rice, it is obvious there is no mill there,” Sobowale said.
Meanwhile, the Udom Emmanuel-led government had declared a commemorative session in honour of ex-Governor Attah. At the Plenary session on Monday which resulted in a divided House, birthing two concurrent speakers, the Lawmakers had observed a brief moment of reminiscence in honour of Obong Victor Attah who had been a champion of resource control. The sitting which lasted less than 10 minutes had members contemplating on the naming of Akwa Ibom State University or the Akwa Ibom International Airport after the former Governor.