By Our Reporter
In continuation of their resolve to attract access road and other developments to Inuakpa community in Odukpani LGA, the Association of Concerned Indigenes of Okoyong Nation on Sunday held a town hall meeting with the people of the community.
The town hall meeting was in furtherance of the association’s desire to attract the state government’s presence to create access road to the community according to the President of the association, Pastor Effiong Ekpo.
Recall that during a courtesy visit to the Commissioner for finance, Hon. Asuquo Ekpenyong last month, the association had pleaded with the government to intervene by fixing the only access road to Inuakpa, a plea the Commissioner promised will receive urgent attention.
At the town hall meeting, President of the association, Pastor Effiong Ekpo said he was at Inuakpa village to seek for the cooperation of the community to ensure that the only road leading to the community is fixed. He regretted that for over 20 years, successive government have continued to neglect the community by depriving them of essential infrastructure like access road, despite the immense contribution of the village to the politics of Odukpani LGA and the state in general.
He assured the people that the association will stand by them until the promise is kept, while promising to sponsor an indigent child from the community.
“This is not politics, so nobody should think that we are coming here to deceive you. This association has been involve in so many interventions in Odukpani.
We are here because of our last visit to the Commissioner of finance who promised to fix the road to this village when we told him about it. We know this is your major problem in this community, that was why we presented that matter to him when we visited him. And I can assure you that we will do everything to ensure that this will not be like one of those promises. This road will be fixed”
Pastor Ekpo also requested for the support of the people for the Ben Ayade led government, the local government chairman, Hon. Justina Edem as well as the house of assembly member Hon. Francis Asuquo.
Responding, Chairman of Inuakpa village council, Denuo Eno Bassey Odong Etim, who said he was excited at the visit of the association, however, pleaded with the association to stand by the community until the road is fixed.
“Our road has been commissioned for over four times. In government’s record, this road has been fixed but I am happy you have seen everything for yourself. They keep deceiving us but yet nothing happens. There was one company that came here, at the end they abandoned their heavy equipments and after a long time they came and packed them away. Nothing happened, until now the road is still like this”
He also used the occasion to debunk the fact that the people of Inuakpa are violent.
“ we are not violent people, we are very peaceful and loving people, so all of those things they talk about us are not true. We don’t look for trouble but when you bring trouble to us we will give it to you”
He encouraged young men in the community to resist the temptation of indulging in any form of thuggery and criminal activities as the 2023 election approaches.
Some of those who spoke also requested for the assistance of some privileged indigenes of Odukpani origin to assist in making sure more people from the village obtain their Permanent Voters Card.
Inuakpa, a once commercial town in Odukpani LGA, endowed with a lot of tourism potentials, was the major route to Calabar and Ifiayong community in Akwa Ibom State, playing host to a lot of merchants from Afikpo and other communities outside the state.
However, the village is now a ghost of itself with no access road and electricity occasioned by government’s neglect and abandonment.