NUJ Seeks Solution to Akwa Ibom/Abia Boundary Crisis

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The Akwa Ibom State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called for urgent solution to the boundary crisis involving the state and its neighbor counterpart, Abia State.

This was one of the resolutions reached at the end of the January 2021 Congress of the Union which held at the State’s Press Centre on Friday, January 15.

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Arising from the incessant clashes between boundary communities in both states leading to the loss of many lives and properties, the Union asked the State Government to take every necessary step, including a collaboration with the National Boundary Commission (NBC) to provide a lasting solution to inter-community clashes between Ini, Ika, Essien Udim, Etim Ekpo, Obot Akara communities and their neighbours in Abia State.

Similarly, the Congress commended the Executive Chairman of Oruk Anam Local Government Area, Hon. Kingsley Frank; Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Governor Emmanuel on Inter-Ministerial Direct Labour Projects, Hon. Sampson Idiong; Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Environmental Protection and Waste Management Agency, Prince Akpan Ikim; Leader of Oruk Anam Legislature, Hon. Sunday Festus, security agencies and other stakeholders in the area for ensuring the resolution of the cult crisis which displaced over 3000 persons in Inen Clan, a section of the local government.

According to a communiqué issued at the end of the Congress, the Akwa Ibom State Council of the Union will not tolerate any formation of splinter groups within the Union and will not hesitate to indefinitely suspend any member of the Union who belongs to such.

The Communiqué which is signed by Chairman of the Union, Comrade Amos Etuk and the Communiqué Drafting Committee headed by Comrade Margaret Moore, further advised members to register for their National Identification Number (NIN) and mobilise Akwa Ibom people through their media organizations to take advantage of the exercise in their local government areas to forestall being shut out of mobile communication by network providers at the end of the deadline set by the Federal Government for registration.

Furthermore, it was also resolved that members should take responsibility for their safety against COVID-19, while the State Government was urged to intensify its awareness campaigns on the deadly disease.

Meanwhile, the Congress commended President Muhammad Buhari for appointing Barr. Effiong Akwa, as Interim Sole Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and called for support from stakeholders of the region to ensure Akwa’ success with the forensic auditing of the Commission.

Congress also expressed solidarity with the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio for his efforts at repositioning the NDDC while appealing to all the stakeholders in the region to allow peace to reign.

A Vote of Confidence was passed on the State Chairman of the Union, Comrade Amos Etuk, urging him to vie for a second term.