By Inyali Peter
The National President of Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH), Alumni Association, Eyam Abeng has called on the Federal Government to find a political solution to the lingering oil wells issue between Cross River and Akwa Ibom States.
Abeng who made the call recently in Uyo during the inauguration of the Akwa Ibom State chapter of the Alumni, noted that since the 2012 Supreme Court ruling that ceded Cross River’s 76 oil wells to Akwa Ibom, relations between both states has taken a frosty turn.
He lamented that both states no longer relate like sister states but as rivals within the South-South region. He however urged the newly inaugurated chapter executives to use their position to rebuild the soured relationship between the two States.
“After Cross River state which is the host state of our University, Akwa Ibom has produced the highest number of graduates from CRUTECH. This means that a large percentage of the work force in both states are products of CRUTECH but despite this, the relationship between both states collapsed in 2012 after the court ruling that ceded the 76 oil wells to Akwa Ibom.
“This has drastically affected development in both states but to resolve this, I want to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to find a lasting political solution to the issue.
“Although we are a young association, our collective objective must be to rekindle the defoliated relationship between our states. We must begin to see ourselves as formidable forces to take over affairs of our states within the nearest future.
“I have confidence in Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State and Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom state to set a standard for the younger generation of leaders to follow in terms of feasible projects that will enhance robust relationship among their citizens” Abeng said.
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