Ibeno Local Government Area, the host community of ExxonMobil oil exploration company, benefitted with 15 projects from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) during the tenure of its immediate past Managing Director, Obong Nsima Ekere.
Obong Ekere announced this on Thursday during the APC campaign rally at Upenekang, the Ibeno Local Government Headquarters.
He enumerated the projects as the emergency repairs of Odorokuku Road in Upenekang, Grammar School Close and environs in Upenekang, Esenam Street and Lutheran Road and environs in Iwuoachang, Uko Ekpo Street, Bakery Avenue and environs in Iwuoachang, Catholic Road, Hospital Road, Big Town Primary School Road in Mkpanak and Ibeno Beach Road in Inua Eyet Ikot.
Others were the emergency repairs of Jacob Street and its environs in Iwo-Okpom, Henry Ekpe Street in Iwuoachang and Uko Iko Abasi Close in Upenekang.
Obong Ekere named his other projects as shoreline protection and drainage of Okoroutip and Atabrikang village creeks and opening of the Atasi and Inyang Itor Canals in Upenekang, the Isia Canal in Iwuoachang and the Mkpanak Canal in Mkpanak to stop flooding and erosion.
“If I could do all these for Ibeno in two years when I am not yet the Governor, I will do double of that as Governor for four years,” he said.
Obong Ekere described as sad Governor Udom Emmanuel’s failure to locate a single project in Ibeno for nearly four years and to fulfill his promises to develop the popular Ibeno Beach and build a fish processing industry, a refinery and a petrochemical industry in Ibeno.
He said it was regrettable that the Cottage Hospital in Ibeno built by Governor Emmanuel’s predecessor, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has been abandoned and overgrown with weeds..
Obong Ekere condemned the failure of the Emmanuel Government to complete the Eket – Ibeno Road even after ExxonMobil had released a huge amount of money to the government for the road.
He expressed shock at the allegation by some Esit Eket leaders that Governor Emmanuel was trying to relocate the power plant planned for Ibeno by ExxonMobil to his village in Onna Local Government Area.
“The PDP State Government has not done anything for Ibeno. Ordinarily, I should be happy knowing that I have every reason to ask you to vote for me. But I am not happy because I don’t like man’s inhumanity to man,” he said.
The campaign team had earlier paid homage to the Paramount Ruler of Ibeno, Owong Effiong Achianga, who presented Obong Ekere with a Bible and giant fish and blessed the team.