No Campaign And Elections In Ugep Till ITM Becomes Functional – Obol Lopon Warns, Mourns Justice Ikpi

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By Ushang Ewa

Obol Lopon of Ugep, Obol Ofem Ubana

The Obol Lopon of Ugep, Obol Ofem Ubana has warned politicians to steer of the Ugep nation until the Institute of Technology and Management popularly referred to as Ugep Polytechnic becomes functional.

The warning comes following allegations that Cross River Governor, Senator Ben Ayade is planning to downgrade the institution with the monarch on Saturday, threatening that campaigns and elections will not hold until it has become functional.

Ugep, the central town of Yakurr local government area is located about 100 kilometers north of Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

“I want to also use this medium to tell all politicians in Cross River State that if ITM Ugep does not function well, there will be no political campaigns and elections in Ugep” Obol Ofem told his subjects in a meeting where he also declared war on gangstars.

The statement may shape the political discourse and agenda with the local government elections slated for June 17, 2017 by the Cross River State Independent Electoral Commission.

The institution created by an act of the 7th state House of Assembly was in fulfilment of a promise made to the late Obol Ubi Inah on his birthday by former Governor Liyel Imoke.

The institution was to run in collaboration with the Highbury College in the United Kingdom but the administration of the college and money spent on contracts not delivered has continued to generate controversy.

In another development, Obol Ofem also commiserated with the family of the former Chief Judge of Cross River State, Late Justice Okoi Itam who passed away last month after a brief illness.


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3 commentsOn No Campaign And Elections In Ugep Till ITM Becomes Functional – Obol Lopon Warns, Mourns Justice Ikpi

  • @ Danboy: A quick reminder “civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the State has become lawless and corrupt.” admonition by Mahatma Gandhi. Please, wake me up when you find a lawful society or quit daydreaming about the so call Law of the land. I am steeped in cynicism, but truthfully in Nigeria there is one law by the Bigman, for the Bigman and his hangers-on. I forgot you have to demonstrate to your paymasters that you up to the task as troll with that gibberish. The Ugep monarch should rightly call on the entire Ekoi nation to pushback against Ayade’s deceit.

  • Can somebody tell the Obol Lopon of Ugep, Obol Ofem Ubana that he is not the law of the land, if the statement credited to him is correct.

    I am very worried that a ruler like him can utter such a warning in flagrant disregard for the law of the land.

    He should be blamed and held accountable should there be civil disobedience in the area.

    • I understand from which angle this issue is raised. People have the right to perform their Civic duties; but such responsibilities can be relegated to the background in protest of not having the proper choice of platform for a continuity in government. You can’t stop a mass protest against misgovernance (any such word?) in that in democracy, the Voice of the people is the Voice of God. All our leaders need to know that doing right is never wrong. CRS Government has to issue a communique for the way forward on the ITM issue. If Government is not sure about how the Institute was managed, it should investigate its opérations and then provide modalities for proper and effective management of the ITM by deploying more capable hands from the State Service to be part of the new ITM.

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