UYOâ€”Akwa Ibom Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, has called on the Federal Government to address the increasing security problem in the country as a priority to ensure that it does not truncate the 2011 general elections.
Addressing newsmen at Akwa Ibom International Airport, shortly after arriving Uyo from Abuja, where he attended the swearing-in of Vice President Namadi Sambo, Akpabio also advised President GoodluckÂ Jonathan to bring the amnesty programme to a conclusive end.
â€œThe first thing is for the President to address the security situation of the country. The country needs to be stable and secure for us to move forward.
â€œWithout security, the polity cannot be stable. There is so much small arms around the region. He must address the security of the nation. There is this insurgency of militancy that is now leading to insecurity in the South-South.
â€œCross border crime is increasing daily, so there is need for the President to address this security problem so that in a way, it will not affect negatively the 2011 elections.
â€œThe next thing President Jonathan should do is to bring the amnesty programme to a conclusive end in a way that it will be positive for the whole Nigeria.
â€œToday, oil price has increased because of the declaration of amnesty in Nigeria. He must follow the late presidentâ€™s agenda by ensuring that oil bearing communities in the Niger Delta are given their right of place. Part of that proposal is the ten per cent equity in the share of the NNPC, that we must follow to the end,â€ he said.
Governor Akpabio charged the President to also address the issue of marginalisation in terms of resource allocation.
He queried:Â Â â€œHow do we have better federal presence?Â What about Shell exploration, how do we ensure that they do not continue with polluted waters?
How do we clean up the environment?”
â€œYou see people are fishing from polluted waters, people are inhaling polluted air .These are some of the issues bedevilling the Niger Deltaâ€.
On the proposed electoral reforms, Akpabio noted that it was important for Nigeria to have credible elections, so that pretenders fighting for positions, either on ethnic or religious grounds could be flushed out.
The governor cited the governorship elections in 2007 where Akwa Ibom people stood their ground and voted unanimously for a government of their choice, adding that had made it possible for the government to provide for everybody.
He enjoined the federal government to address the thorny issues so that the people could enjoy the dividends of democracy.
â€œA true government would work for the people and a cabal government will work for a cabal,â€ he stressed.