“Janet Amba must immediately resign” – Elites
…Demand explanation from SSG
Fresh uproar has erupted among the people of Oro Nation, the third largest ethnic body constituting the last leg of the tripod on which Akwa Ibom State stands.
The hoopla rises from the recent news of the appointment of Oron Union President General, Chief (Mrs) Janet Amba as the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Small & Medium Scale Entrepreneurship.
The appointment which was made official on Saturday, October 19, 2019 had since been accepted by the President General who visited the Akwa Ibom State Government House, signed and received the appointment letter the same day.
Stakeholders and leaders of Oron Nation, comprising the five local government areas of Mbo, Oron, Udung Uko, Urue Offong/Oruko and Okobo have expressed displeasure towards the appointment, with some condemning Governor Udom Emmanuel for the ‘mockery’.
A renowned Oro leader, Chief Mkpubre Okon Mkpubre opined, “an Oron person so badly characterised should not have been “allowed to be appointed into a political office to represent Oro.” He asked, “Has Oro become an unregulated community where anything goes? Our Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, the SSG should explain.”
Again, believing that “the position of SSA was not too low for Mrs Janet Amba”, Chief Mkpubre who cited “the unprecedented crisis that rocked her tenure as an evidence”, settled with the fact that “only the position of President General of Oron Union might have been beyond her capacity.”
Also speaking, Victor Emenyi who condemned the development, queried the governor for the disgraceful appointment, calling for immediate resignation by the President General.
In his satirical article entitled, “Who Will Thank and Advise the Governor?”, a chieftain of Oro community, HE (Arc.) Otu Ita Toyo commended Governor Emmanuel for helping the Oro kindred in removing the PG from office.
He maintained that it was “clearly unethical for an ethnic leader to be pressed into the service of the state government while retaining his/her ethnic platform.”
“Our community is under obligation to thank the Governor for helping our beloved daughter move from a highly contentious platform into a more genial and partisan office which she had always craved for. It was obvious that she found the ethical demands of her Oron Union office rather challenging.
“The Governor has just offered her a chance to step out and down into the political limelight. We must not only thank His Excellency but congratulate Mrs. Amba on her dexterous management of a precarious situation”, he said.
Similarly, Omen Bassey Esq in an intellectual exposé with the heading, “Oron Union: Which Record Again”, decried the negative record breaking potentials of the Janet Amba led administration.
He maintained that having been the first female PG of the Union, Mrs Amba’s record breaking reputation as the first person to frontally reflect partisanship attitude as well as ‘work hard’ to receive appointment from government, even while still in office, would stand the test of time.
Omen wrote: “For Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, we have Nlap Isong Akpakip Oro, Essu Nlap Oro, Oron Union Youth Wing and Oro International Youth Forum as contemporaries… While serving as Secretary General of Essu Nlap Oro under Ulap Etim Ante, we fought for the position of SAs or SSAs to the Governor, as were applicable to our contemporaries in Ibibio, Annang and Eket.
“The President General of Oron Union has never been in contemplation on the issue of political appointments, either big or small. The office has always been considered too important, sacred and strategic for Oro people for its occupant to be anyone’s appointee. That possibility had remained unthinkable and beyond contemplation until two days ago.
“It has everything to do with the serious potential issue of conflict of interest as the President General of Oron Union is unambiguously described by the Union’s constitution as the Chief Spokesperson of Oro Nation in every dealing and engagement with external persons or institutions.
“Oron Union in Nigeria is like the Arewa Consultative Forum, Afenifere, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Akwa Esop Imaisong Ibibio, Afe Annang etc. You can’t hold such a privileged and sensitive position of trust and seek or accept personal political patronage of any kind. The prohibition is inherent in the sacredness of the duties of that office”, he concluded.
Meanwhile, a large percentage of Oro people are unanimous in the resolve to have the PG relinquish her exalted office before venturing into her political office.
They maintained that it was unacceptable for the governor to ridicule the Oro Nation with such a “degrading and shameful appointment” and prevailed on OU’s PG to immediately step down, as she has already taken up the SSA appointment.
As at the time of filing this report, the Oron Union President General who personally received her appointment letter as reported, is yet to issue a public statement regarding the status of her appointment.