By James Uwem
RELIEF may soon come for the people and government of Cross River State over the controversial ceding of 76 oil wells to Akwa Ibom State as President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua has finally subscribed to a political settlement between the parties.The Director-General, National Boundary Commission, (NBC), Mr. Sadiq Diggi, told Vanguard, in Abuja.
According to Daggi: â€œPresident Yarâ€™Adua, in his bid to put an end to the persistent crises, has considered setting machinery in motion to bring the two states to a round table discussion to seek political solutions to the ongoing oil well crisis.â€
National Assembly members from Cross River State and their counterparts at the state level had embarked on a hunger strike to show their grievances over the issue.
The Akwa Ibom State Government had filed an appeal at the Supreme Court demanding a refund of about N31 billion from Cross River State as derivations the state had collected from the oil wells, after the Supreme Court had ruled that the oil wells belonged to Akwa Ibom.
The DG, however, did not disclose details of what is expected in the political settlementâ€™s package but maintained that the package will be tangible and satisfying enough to compensate Cross River State that has lost its position as an oil-producing state.
Reacting to accusations leveled at NBC and Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Allocation Commission (RMFAC) on favouring Akwa Ibom State by allocating the 76 oil wells to it, Diggi said the commission had no such powers.
He said: â€œNBC and RMFAC have no such powers to unwittingly effect such a magnanimous changes but both commissions acted on the directives from the Presidency in accordance with the 2005 Supreme Court judgment which unambiguously ruled in favour of Akwa Ibom State.