…. Says attack on the office was an act of criminality
The member representing Itu State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Kufreabasi Edidem has express worries over the vandalization of a telecommunication office at Ikot Ekpene road in uyo,belonging to his constituent,an indigene of Ikot Abiyak in Okuiboku clan of ITU local government Area,Mr. Idongesit Ekpanyang.
According to the lawmaker, the incident that happened on Tuesday 3rd September,2019,was a horrible one and should be condemn by all citizens of Akwa Ibom State,irrespective of party lines or affiliation, as it was an act of criminality, against the claims by some persons that those who carried out the attacks were responding to the attacks on Nigerians by South Africans.
Edidem pointed out that the attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa is a thing of great concern,which he believes that the Nigerian and south African government should come to the table and discuss the issues through an appropriate diplomatic channels, to stem the tide of the menace, which according to him is unfortunate.
He describes the killings of Nigerians and other foreign nationals, destruction of their properties in south African as barbaric,and condemn the attacks in strong term. According to him, the citizens of Nigeria do not deserves the treatment they are getting from south Africa, recalling how the Nigerian government contributed massively to the emancipation of south Africa through monetary donations, human support and also helped in stabilizing the tension of that era after the defeat of the Apartheid regime of racial segregation.
” I want to say here that as the member representing ITU state constituency, I feel the pains my constituent is going through as a result of the destruction, looting of his telecommunication shop at Ikot Ekpene road ,which he has suffered for over 10years to put together and employ Akwa Ibom sons and daughters without discrimination ”
” It is important to note that the office located at Ikot Ekpene road in uyo,the mtn business,sales of phones and other services are 100% owned Mr. Idongesit Ekpanyang,who got a franchise to do the business and not south Africans ” Hon. Edidem noted
He maintained that telecommunications is a catalyst for economic growth, that if the trend on the vandalization of its infrastructures are allowed to continue,it will negatively affect the country’s economy,with some criminals taking advantage of it,to break into peoples shops to loot their properties.
He further noted that the telecommunication business operated by his constituent,Mr. Idongesit Ekpanyang by the grace of God has been in operation for over 10years now,employing Akwa Ibom people,training them on how to own their retail shops ,thereby putting food on the table of so many people.
According to the Itu born lawmaker,he said that he is very disturb with the huge loss his constituent has suffered as a result of the vandalization of his office by hoodlums, who ransacked the office,collected money from the cashier,looted all the phones that were on display,took away laptops and other gadgets,which according to him will need a lot of time to recoup his loss.
He called on the security agencies to investigate the actions of these criminals and bring them to book,saying that the people need to be well inform that the telecommunications businesses in uyo ,other places within the state and it environs are owned by the indigenes and not south Africans.