Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah has said that the administration of former governor Godswill Akpabio and the present administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel have failed to begin work on the Ibom Deep Seaport project because they have not got real expert advice to help them do it.
Speaking yesterday in Uyo on a live radio programme, the architect turned politician said that lack of humility to seek for ideas on how to go about the project has been a major issue.
According to the elderstateman, ”I suspect that the two governments in Akwa Ibom. Akpabio’s government and the present government do not know how to go about implementing ibom Deep See project. They keep saying that they will implement it. But implementing the seaport project becomes a problem. How come they don’t have the humility to come and ask of ideas on how to implement it. They will keep running in circles.’’
Reacting to question on free and compulsory education policy of these successors, Obong Attah said that his administration started free education in the state from Junior secondary 1-3 but could not make it compulsory because there were no facilities to accommodate the large enrollment that would follow.
“By the time I left office, I made education free from Junior Secondary School 1-3. I could not make it compulsory because we didn’t have the facilities to accommodate the high enrollment that would accompany the policy. Also, we didn’t have the money needed to handle that. By the time free and compulsory education was announced by my successor, no provision for classroom was made too.
“Remember, I said my administration, was thinking and doing administration. We thought our policies through before implementing them,” he said.
Breaking long silence on abandoned projects that this administration initiated, the former governor regretted that some of the projects that he started were abandoned by his successor even when money came into the state as a result of his dogged fight for resource control. He, however, said that he has no regret in taking some actions to better the lives of Akwa Ibom People.
“I feel disappointed that some of the things we started were not completed because we left when the money was only beginning to come,” Attah said.
He added that, “my government was a thinking institution, I am sad that after 10 years; the MRO that I started at the airport is not completed. Akwa Ibom People have not benefited from the things we initiated because the usefulness of those things have been jeopardized. My government was the one that understood the needs of the people and we initiated projects in that direction. For example, the mini housing (50) in all the local government areas, the Shelter Afrique, among others. Today, we should be talking about satellite towns in the state but unfortunately, this is not happening.