By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
The chairmanship aspirant for Etim Ekpo Local Government Area in the November 11 local government polls in Akwa Ibom State has promised to end the lingering cult war that has taken the centre stage in the area if voted to power.
For over a year running some communities in the local government area knew no peace due to activities of certain cult groups leading to loss of many lives including a village head while several property have also been destroyed.
But Mr. Ekanem who aspires on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to be elected chairman of the council in the November 11 local government election said as a grassroots man and politician he has all it take to end the crises once elected.
Speaking in an interview with New Nigerian in Uyo at the weekend, Ekanam said having known the root course of the problem; he will convene a stakeholders’ meeting where all the aggrieved youth would be invited to air our their grievances to arrive at a lasting solution.
“I will immediately convene a stakeholders’ meeting. The youth will be invited to table their grievances and to ascertain what their problems are, so that we can move on from there.”
The aspirant slammed the Transition Committee Chairman, Mr. Udeme Eduo, of going into hiding with his family at the heat of the crisis, just as he blamed him for taking proactive step to bring peace to the war torn communities where some of the inhabitants now take refuge in nearby local government areas.
“As I am talking to you nothing has been done, everybody has deserted the place; the Transition Committee chairman, Udeme Eduo, we are from the same place, he has moved his family out of the place. No singular effort has been made to bring the crisis to an end”.
Ekamen who blamed the crisis on politicians in the local government accused the chairman of flashing in from time to time to distribute money and other creek gifts to the youth in the name of empowerment, arguing that “Sharing of money and cars are no a means of empowering people”.
He said as a result of the mentality already created some youth get up every morning and dress up to wait for the chairman in the council for their own share of the money, adding “some of them pay transport to council and end up not seeing the chairman for the rest of the week”.
The aspirant promised to put an end to the situation by ensuring that the local government money is used for the purposes of creating job opportunities, building roads network and other things that will benefit the people.
Ekanem blamed under development in Etim Ekpo to greedy leaders who rose to power through imposition by a clique and who remain only accountable to the clique, leaving the council impoverished.