Youths from Eastern Obolo, an Ijaw-speaking local government in Akwa Ibom State, have hailed the Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr Nsima Ekere, for the rebuilding Ikot Akpaden – Okoroette Road, the only access road to their area.
Youths on the platform of ONE Sure Project from all 10 wards of Eastern Obolo, spoke during a visit to Ekere in Uyo on Saturday.
Speaking through their leader, Mr Ama Williams, they appreciated the NDDC boss for the construction of the Okoroette – Amadaka Road, internal roads in Okoroette, the local government headquarters, and Iko Town as well as Okoroette Health Centre.
They urged Ekere to contest the 2019 governorship election, promising him support in Eastern Obolo as grassroots’ mobilisers in the creeks.
“This is an opportunity we don’t want you to miss,” Williams said. Ekere said more projects were allocated for Eastern Obolo in the 2018 NDDC budget in recognition of Eastern Obolo’s importance as a major oil-producing area and to redress the neglect by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government.
“We will triple all the projects we are doing in Eastern Obolo,” he promised.
Ekere recalled the support he enjoyed from Eastern Obolo people in his political career, starting with his election into the House of Assembly in December 1997.
Present were the member representing Essien Udim State Constituency, Sir Nse Ntuen; past Commissioner for Labour and Productivity Ibanga Akpabio, and State Welfare Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief Sunny Ibanga.