Citizens of Akwa Ibom State have called on the state government to immortalize the name of the former governor of the state, Obong Victor Attah by naming the Ibom International Airport after him. In reaction to a recent publication in The Sensor newspaper with the caption: “How much Akwa Ibom government Still Owes Obong Attah”, respondents were unanimous in their call to name the Ibom Airport after the former civilian governor who initiated the airport project. They argued that Obong Attah deserves to be immortalized while still alive because of his enormous contributions and selfless service to the state.
Respondents who published in their opinion in The Sensor facebook wondered why successive administrations in the state have not deemed it necessary to immortalize Attah inspite of his contributions, quality leadership and fight for resource control and abrogation of the offshore/onshore oil dichotomy which proceeds the state is enjoying today.
Respondents were of the views that if the Abak road in Uyo could be name after former president Olusegun Obasanjo who resurrected the offshore/onshore dichotomy to deprive AKWA Ibom of its 13 percent derivation, then Obong Attah who fought the battle to stop the obnoxious policy deserves a special place in Akwa Ibom history.
They also mentioned Atiku Abubakar Road in Uyo named after the former Vice president ATIKU Abubakar and called on the Akwa Ibom State government to name Ibom Airport after Attah as a mark of respect and appreciation to the former governor. The Sensor reports that no single edifice in the state has been name after Obong Attah by his successors. Even the Victor Attah Digital Centre (VADOC) ate the state ministry of Science and Technology m Uyo during Attah tenure was changed by his successor, Chief Godswill Akpabio. But the present administration in the state led by Governor Udom Emmanuel has named the Ibom International Stadium as Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.