……Decry Noninclusion in Recent Appointments by Gov Umoh Eno
A political pressure group, known as Ibeno Renewed Hope Movement has decried what it termed as the marginalization of the people of the area by Governor Umo Eno over the noninclusion of their citizens on the release of about 100 aides and 39 Honourary Special Advisers.
The Chairman of the movement who didn’t want his name on print while on a telephone interview with this reporter, urged the state Governor, Pastor Umo Eno to appease the people of Ibeno by picking some of their king’s men for appointment.
He explained that the Commissioner from other local Government Areas was replaced but only Ibeno got nothing.
“Ibeno does not have a Commissioner, we do not have a House of Assembly Member, apart from Hon. Okpolupm Etteh in the House of Representatives, which is servicing Eket/Onna/Esit Eket and Ibeno.
Of the list of over one hundred and forty-nine SAs SSAs and PAs, no one person from Ibeno is enlisted. Meanwhile, the Area has many qualified men and women who can man these positions.
“I’m calling on the government of the day to look into this gross marginalization to give the people a sense of belonging. “The enclave is gasping for breath and crying for justice”
“In the spirit of inclusion, equity, and equality, Ibeno should also have a share of the state government’s appointment because it does not in any way reflect the federal character commission policy or command unity or loyalty.”
While condemning the lopsided and total exclusion of Ibeno indigene in the recent appointment, he boasted that the local Government is blessed with abundant natural resources in oil, gas, and sea foods which makes them the major revenue resource for the state.