…As Senior Presidential Aide Presents Scorecard, Promises to Develop A’Ibom
Senator Ita Solomon Enang is currently serving as Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs. Over the weekend in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, he was hosted by a cross section of political stakeholders where he accepted their call to vie for the Akwa Ibom State Governorship in 2023.
The stakeholders led by foremost business mogul; Chairman and CEO of TRUGAS and politician, Chief Dr Efiok Archibong, prevailed upon the senior presidential aide to join the 2023 governorship race and assured him of unalloyed support.
According to the group which is the latest to encourage the Ibiono Ibom born politician to contest, Senator Ita Enang has over the years displayed brilliance, reliability and competence in public office, and deserves to be encouraged to vie for the governorship of the state.
Senator Ita Enang, who spoke after the group laid bare their appeal to him, assured that his wealth of experience, expertise and antecedents would be greatly beneficial to the state if he is trusted by the electorates.
Declaring himself as the most consistent and productive national legislator from Akwa Ibom State, Ita Enang noted he has over the years been at the forefront of pursuing and defending Akwa Ibom’s interest.
“Of all the persons sent to the National Assembly, I am the one who has brought the highest number of things to the state. Starting from Itu/ Ibiono Ibom Federal Constituency, when I became a member of the House of Representatives, not up to 5 villages had electricity, but when I left about 85 percent of communities had electricity. I attracted water, road, health and other projects to the constituency and Akwa Ibom State. I sponsored the Bill that made the University of Uyo become a legal entity. I brought Federal Polytechnic to Akwa Ibom State. I brought Federal University of Technology that is to be sited in Ikot Abasi. I am working hard to bring the College of Forestry to Akwa Ibom State before the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari ends in 2023. I have to say that o am the progenitor of federal government higher institutions in Akwa Ibom State,” he narrated.
Senator Enang also referenced his role in the abolition of the offshore/onshore dichotomy which increased the oil revenue allocation to the state, how he drafted the Act which led to the creation of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), secured jobs for teeming Akwa Ibomites, brought Police Secondary School, successfully doused the rancorous relationship between the executive and legislative arm when he served SSA on National Assembly, and other antecedents.
He particularly mentioned that his assiduous efforts has led to restart of dualization of the Calabar-Itu Road.
Enang highlighted that his experience stands him in good stead as he has served as Clerk of Students Parliament in University of Calabar, Councillor, House of Assembly, three term House of Representatives member, Senator, SSA on National Assembly Matters, and presently SSA on Niger Delta Affairs. He promised to run a profit-based economy, if elected: “if it pleases God that I become the Governor, I’ll run the state’s economy and make profit for the state.”
Obonganwan Dora Ebong, Honourable Commissioner representing Akwa Ibom State in the Federal Character Commission, in her speech said Ita Enang is an adept politician who has earned trust and goodwill through hardwork and effective representation.
She added that Ita Enang having represented Akwa Ibom well nationally, is the best material for Akwa Ibom State governorship. Chief Churchill B. Ekop whom Ita Enang said is his political mentor had earlier presented him to the group and also attested to his reliability and competence.
“You were the voice of Akwa Ibom in the House of Representatives and Senate, come and be our voice as Governor,” he pleaded. Other attendees equally spoke glowingly about Senator Enang.