Presidential adviser on National Assembly, Seantor Ita Enang has accused the Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel of misapplying funds accruing to the state from the federation account.
He also accused the governor of deceiving the people of Akwa Ibom on the true ownership of the industries being built in the state. Enang said in a radio interview monitored in Akwa Ibom, that the governor was not sincere with the people of the state.
'I am not happy with Governor Udom Emmanuel. I want to say that there is one thing I do not like about his government and that is insulting the people of Akwa Ibom State, when the governor would say that things are hard because of President Buhari. The president does not give money directly to individuals because we are operating a federation.
''What the president does is to send money to all the states of the federation. He sends the one of Akwa Ibom to the state government and to local governments which they are supposed to use and better the lots and lives of people.
“But when it comes, the money is used for blackmail of the federal government. Let the state government apply this money to better the welfare of Akwa Ibom people because the federal government cannot use the money directly.
“Let the local government apply the money directly to better the lives and welfare of the rural people. It is not the federal government that is responsible for agriculture but the land is owned by the state and local governments. Let the state government use the money to improve the lives of the people and stop deceiving the Akwa Ibom people.”
He insinuated that the governor was greedy, saying, ''let us desist from greed. If we struggle to get money from the federal government, the governor should declare the money to the people and what he is using it do for them.
“He should not squander the money on meaningless ventures such as building Akwa Ibom Lodge in Lagos for leisure and relaxation, construction of one kilometre road and ploughing the money into supposed industries that are not owned by state government. He should tell Akwa Ibom people how much he is using to build the industries.'’
Speaking on why the APC does not appreciate the efforts of the state government, he answered “we appreciate when they do well. However, we do not appreciate many things done by the government- we do not appreciate how the government mismanaged the social investment scheme; we do not appreciate the state government on the level of cooperation given to the federal government's investment and education for the state.”