Former minister of Lands
and Housing, Chief
Nduese Essien, has advised that the bitter conflict that
usually occurs between Akwa
Ibom State governors and their successors to the extent of disrupting development between administrations should be avoided in
Essien stated this in his presentation at a Colloquium
organised by Uyo Book Club to
mark the 82nd birthday anniversary of former governor, Obong
Victor Attah, entitled "Akwa
Ibom State march towards sustainable development- The road
to be taken last Friday.
The former member of the
House of Representatives
stressed that the application of
sentiment-based passion to development could not achieve sustainable development.
He lamented that a situation
where a governor comes and abandons major projects started by his
predecessor to embark on his ideas
of major projects results in stagnation to growth and colossal
wastages, citing the Science park,
Qua River hotel, Tropicana,
Four-point by Sheraton and ELibrary as obvious cases in sight.
He said, "Our fallibilities in attaining sustainable development
from 1999 till today is not for lack
of quality and competent leadership at the Governors level
"Akwa Ibom State has been
extremely blessed with governors
from a background of knowledge,
excellent training, technical experience and maturity before ascendancy into office. Obong Victor
Attah, Godswill Akpabio and
Udom Emmanuel have performed
relatively well within the confines
and scope of their individual
"Regrettably, we have been
unlucky to have internecine conflicts between successor and predecessor of every administration
to the extent of disrupting development between administrations.
"This is a pitfall that has to be
avoided as we transit from the
current administration to the next.
The application of sentimentbased passion to development
cannot achieve sustainable development.
Essien, stressed that a development plan which catalogue aspirations of the state over a long
period of time, overhaul of public
Schools, investment on Information, Communication Technology
(ICT), and concerted effort to reduce trade in sycophancy which
paints erroneous picture of satisfaction to cover inadequacies in
the system, were required for the
state to attain sustainable development.
He extolled Obong Attah for the
role he also played in the Offshore/Onshore dichotomy in oil
production, payment of 13per
cent derivation and agitation for
resource Control, which brought
the state's voice stronger to the
center of national politics.
"May the spirit of Obong Victor Attah and all his successors
come together to march Akwa
Ibom towards sustainable development, Essien asserted.
In his welcome remarks,founder and convener of 'Uyo
Book Club', and former media
Adviser to Obong Attah Dr.
Udeme Nana said the Club's focus in celebrating his former boss
at 82years was in line with the
ideals of great leaders like,
Obafemi Awolowo, and Julius
who had articulated the need for
an enlightened leadership in societies.
"The life of Obong Attah, his
leadership style, contributions,
and achievements are indeed
books to be read and reading them
will refine the sensibilities of our
people in the assessment of prospective leaders in Akwa Ibom
and in Nigeria in future.
"Going forward, Akwa Ibom
needs a leader in this mould of
Obong Attah: mature, seasoned,
widely exposed, well experienced,
credible, hardworking, visionary,... someone who can take us
away from our dependence on oil
into a Society driven by technology, Nana stated.
Among other eminent citizens,
leaders of the state close friends,
professional colleagues of the
former governor who poured encomium on him were a former
State Chairman of People's Democratic Party (PDP), Arc. Ita Toyo,
Barr Joe Ukpong, gubernatorial
candidate of Young Democratic
Party, Arc Ezekiel Nya-Etok.