Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has advocated the citing of a Petroleum Depot in the state to ameliorate difficulties experienced by Petroleum Marketers in the haulage of products from Calabar and Port Harcourt Depots.
Emmanuel made the advocacy during a Town Hall Meeting hosted by the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed for the South South Zone of the Country in Uyo recently.
He said that it has become imperative for the Federal Government to build a Petroleum Depot in Akwa Ibom being the leading Oil producing State and called on the Minister of State for Petroleum Dr Ibe Kachikwu to assist in that direction.
On the decayed Federal roads in the area, the Governor pointed out that the East – West road is yet to be completed and that other Federal roads suffer extensive neglect.
“The State lacks Federal presence, and this cannot continue and should not. The East-West road is yet to be completed while other Federal roads suffer extensive neglect.
“We have intervened over the years to fix some Federal roads in this State and we are being owed billions of naira and we appeal to the Honourable Minister of Works, Housing and Power, His Excellency, Mr. Babatunde Fashola to help us in this regard.” He said.
On Environmental degradation, Emmanuel maintained that erosion remained a major problem in this State despite significant interventions calling on the Federal Government to come to the state’s assistance in checking the menace.
“ For instance along Calabar- Itu Road, Uyo-Ndon-Ebom road, a large patch of land at the Anua Hospital may cave into the ravine, even though we have intervened here, we need permanent solution which can only come from the Federal Government through Ecological Funds. Our environment has also been polluted and we need government to do some clean-up exercise as was recently done in Ogoniland.” The Governor said.
He commended the Minister of Transport and Aviation Mr. Rotimi Amaechi for ensuring that the Maritime Academy in Oron Local Government Area of the State is made a degree awarding but called on the National Assembly to expedite the process of providing the right status to the Academy.
He assured of his administration’s commitment to the realisation of the Ibom Deep Seaport Project and called on the Transport Minister to assist in that regard.
He expressed appreciation to the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed for the choice of the State for the meeting and expressed optimism that decisions reached would galvanised confidence of the people in the administration towards addressing various challenges in the Nigerian project.
“The Town Hall meeting you are having here today is a huge task. When the people are regularly engaged and their inputs on the mechanics of governance sought, challenges explained and solutions proffered, apathy and alienation are eliminated.
“The net gain is that the populace becomes better informed about the workings and direction of governance and, this may help steer them to have a more optimistic view of their government and its capacity to meet their expectations and hopes.
“This is what democracy – being the government where the interests and desires of the people trump all other impulses is all about and, I want to commend you again for this great initiative.” He said.

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