… Advocates Return of 76 Oil Wells, Special Fund
With both the Cross River state government and private individuals who were victims of the carnage which swept across four local government areas in the state still counting their lost, the Chairman of Akpabuyo local government council, Hon Emmanuel Offiong Bassey, has appealed to the federal government to create a special fund for the rebuilding of the State and possibly facilitate the return of the 76 oil wells.
He said more than 100 public and private structures were razed, looted and burnt down within hours of rampage by those who hijacked EndSARS protest of last months, noting that among States which were ravaged by the carnage, Cross River was worst hit.
In a chat with our reporter, Hon Bassey, whose council secretariat in Ikot Nakanda was completely razed and looted, said it beats human imagination on what those who carried out the destruction intended to achieve, adding that his secretariat was sacked with practically nowhere to sit for any official business.
“I cannot understand why they targeted revenue generating points like Calabar International Conference Centre, CICC, Tinapa, the state-owned Chronicle newspaper, hospitals and even council secretariats and people’s residence. Over 100 structures were hit within hours.
“We are crying to the federal government to come to the help of Cross River state. The destruction was like a declaration of war on a people, it was like an invasion. The state was worst hit and so the federal government should make special arrangement for Cross River state. There should a special fund to rebuild the one time capital city of Nigeria.
“Apart from special funds to rebuild those structures destroyed, I want to hereby appeal that those ex-militants who voluntarily laid down their arms and embraced peace should not be left to the state government, they should be accommodated in the federal government programs. With the wanton destruction, taking care of those ex-militants has become a burden too heavy for Cross River to carry.
“Till today, we are still imagining how our 76 oil wells developed wings and flew away to another state. The federal government could as well revisit that anomaly to help us survive as a people,” Hon Bassey who his colleagues refer to as Chairman of Chairmen, submitted.
He lamented that Akpabuyo council area, which would be thirty years in few days time, has now been brought to its knees, and therefore appealed to stakeholders and other Nigerians to see the rebuilding of vandalised structures as a challenge which should be frontally tackled.
While appealing to youths to sheath their sword in the interest of the unborn generations, the Chairman of Chairmen in the state also commiserate with all victims of the two days of indescribable madness.