The member representing Bakassi State Constituency in the Cross River State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ekpo Ekpo has on today (Wednesday) urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to as a matter of urgency revisit and adequately compensate the people of Bakassi Local Government Area and Cross River State at large over the unjust ceeding of the 76 oil wells to his neighbouring counterpart, Akwa Ibom State.
Condemning the Supreme Court ruling, Ekpo quoted section 12 of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution, according to him, “exercised that is a treaty cannot be reached by two if the populace don’t have an option of destitute”.
Continuing, he condemned the ruling as being unjust and unduly. He therefore, called and demand that the government of Nigeria takes responsibility of its actions on Bakassi.
His words : “I called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to compensate Cross River State Government and the people of Bakassi for the lost of our 76 oil wells, lost of artifacts and list of our ancestral homes”.
Also speaking, the co-sponsored of the motion, Rt. Hon. Bassey Ephraim (Calabar South) expressed dissatisfaction on the ruling and called for an urgent revisitation of the Supreme Court judgment.
“As a signed of compensation, I called on the Nigeria government to establish a Bakassi Development Commission so as to ameliorate and remedy the people’s situations”.
Other two members, Edward Ajang and Akwaji who contributed to the motion, pointed out that because of the lost of its 76 oil wells, Cross River State had been delisted from Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
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