As Akpabio’s pressure heightens for retention
By UduakAbasi Ikpat
Fillers from the hilltop mansion of Akwa Ibom State have it that the Secretary to the State Government, Sir, Ettekamba Umoren is at the verge of tendering his resignation letter to the Chief Executive of the State, Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel.
Government sources have said that Umoren is under intense pressure of resigning owing to severe derision which he has suffered of recently from top government functionaries said to be the right hand men of the Governor.
According to close sources, Ettekamba Umoren has endured contemptuous treatment from a team of powerful Commissioners and Government personnel led by the Commissioner for Works, Ephraim Inyang-Eyen who have taken over his official duties, chasing him out completely.
This reporter gathered that since Umoren had been the only eye of former Governor Godswill Akpabio who needed to watch the developments of government for his interest, it was a thought out plan to scheme out the SSG through diversion of duties to other authorities.
The source stressed that most responsibilities statutorily supposed to be executed by the office of the SSG were now being shifted to others who are working closely with the Governor to dislodge the Akpabio dynasty and assume full control of the system.
“The system is very dicey at the moment. All those who were strategically positioned by former Governor Godswill Akpabio have been gradually rendered useless. The link is totally cut off and for sure, the Governor wants to destroy the Akpabio structure so as to take full control.
“The worst part of it is that, the SSG no longer have access to Memos. As it stands now, the Governor has robbed the SSG of his juicy office. He now uses his brother, Ephraim Inyang-Eyen as a coordinating officer who is in charge of everything. He decides who gets what and does what. The SSG is only existing by name. He is just there as a figure head while the Dean of Commissioners becomes the Commander General of the Udom cabinet.”
The source maintained that Ettekamba Umoren was ready to tender his resignation letter, if not for the intervention of Senator Akpabio who overruled that he should maintain his duty post so as to continue to keep him abreast of the developments in the State Executive Council.
“The SSG even wanted to resign if not for Senator Akpabio’ insistence. He is very reluctant at staying back because he does not want to be used as a figure head”, the source said.