By Emmanuel Eneyo
The Akwa Ibom State Government has confirmed that the Oro communities in the state is hugely endowed with natural resources. The commissioner for Environment and Petroleum Resources, Barr. Ekong Sampson said this during a radio Interview with Planet FM in Uyo.
“There is Oil in Oro nation, no doubt about that. Oro nation is a very important part of Akwa Ibom State. They are hugely endowed. Their right will be protected by the Government”. He stated.
The Oro Nation is the third largest ethnic group in the state with five local government areas, Mbo, Okobo, Oron, Urue-Offong/Oruko and Udung Uko. The five communities is the highest oil Producing communities in Nigeria and West Africa.
It will be recalled that on Monday, 24th February 2020, the youths, men and women of the five communities staged a peaceful protest in Oron town against the marginalisation of Oro ethnic nationality over the non-recognition of the area as oil producing/host communities by the State government.
However, A-14-day ultimatum was given to Federal, State Government and IOCs operating in the area.