BY Emmanuel Sampson
A Foremost Progressive Movement and socio political group in the Country, Oron National Forum, (ONAF) has congratulated Barr. Effiong Akwa on his well deserved appointment as the Interim Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a letter dated December 12, addressed to Barr. Effiong Akwa and signed by both the group’s National President, Comrade Ita Ante and its National Secretary, Comrade Etifit Nkereuwem, it described the appointment of Barr. Effiong Akwa as both timely and well-deserved.
They thanked President Muhammadu Buhari “for the great honour done to Oron ethnic nationality as a core oil producing community in Akwa Ibom State.”
The letter which revealed that Oron has precisely 10 oil producing companies within her territorial waters and lands stressed that the quantity accounts for about 80 percent of the oil output produced from the State.
They expressed optimism in Barr. Effiong Akwa’s capacity to make Mr. President, South South Geopolitical Zone, Akwa Ibom and Oron nation proud.
The letter reads further , ” We are proud to be associated with you having exhibited exceptional leadership style as a seasoned administrator, grassroots politician, Community leader, Nationalist, consummate personality and above all, a God-fearing gentleman.”
Founded in 1995 by a renowned Marxist scholar, Media guru and human Rights activitist, Comrade Edet Uno to articulate and defend the fundamental and democratic rights of Oro people which led to the proclamation of the famous ORO BILL OF RIGHTS in June 1999 at Oron as her article of faith in the Nigerian Federation, the letter expressed the group’s willingness and utmost desire to work in tandem with the new management of NDDC in its quest to develop the oil producing zones of the country.
” In view of our commitment and patriotism to the progress and development of Nigeria, we hereby appeal to you to execute programmes and projects that will touch the lives of our people.” The letter further stated.
It assured the Interim Administrator of the group’s cooperation and unalloyed support as it looks forward to a cordial working and robust relationship with him.