…urges Akwa Ibom to reject Cross Riverâ€™s 76 oil wells
THEÂ Coalition of Ethnic Nationalities of Nigeria (CENN) has asked the Federal Government to draw up a â€œMarshal Planâ€ to reconstruct, rehabilitate and compensate the people of Gbaramatu Kingdom and other areas of the Niger-Delta destroyed during invasion by the Military in pursuit of militants.
CENN also advised Akwa Ibom State to deflate brewing tension in the area by maintaining the status quo and immediately rejecting the undisputed 76 oil wells originally located in Cross River State but recently reassigned by the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Allocation Commission (RMFAC).
In a statement, its chairman, Dr. Frederick Fasehun, who is also president of the Oodua Peopleâ€™s Congress (OPC),Â frowned at the destruction of lives and livelihoods in the wake of persistent raids by the Joint Task Force (JTF).
The organisation also wants the Federal Government to tender public apology to the affected people.
According to CENN, the reconstruction of Gbaramatu was especially crucial to enable the people return to their normal life instead of living as refugees elsewhere.
Fasehun regarded the N50 billion amnesty budget earmarked for repentant militants as â€œnothing, and grossly inadequateâ€ for the real needs of the area, which he said was to develop Gbaramatu into â€œthe Abuja of the Niger-Delta.
This is an opportunity to make Gbaramatu a modern city, an oil city like Aberdeen in Northern Scotland.â€