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76 oil wells: A/Ibom ready for negotiation with C/River – Gov

19 August 2012, Sweetcrude, UYO – AKWA-IBOM State governor, Godswill Akpabio, said the state is not opposed to dialogue with neighbour Cross Rivers over the disputed 76 oil wells recently awarded to it by the Supreme Court.

“Akwa Ibom is extending a further hand of fellowship that, despite the Supreme Court judgment, Akwa Ibom is still ready to enter into dialogue with Cross River State on the issue of the 76 oil wells,” the governor said on Saturday during a monthly prayer meeting at John’s Chaplaincy, Governor’s Lodge, Uyo.

He said the two states remain brothers, adding: ‘I won’t be angry like the Biblical Moses who broke the tablet of God’s commandments on return from Mount Sinai to see the idolatrous worshiping of a golden calf by the Israelite.

“While in office with so much work done, I am still being criticised. I see the criticisms as good for my administration.”

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  • This is very very interesting. Having won the case against Cross Rivers State at the Supreme court, we had expected Akwa Ibom State to be satisfied but repeatedly, the state government there have made attempts to extend an olive branch – through offer of N250 million monthly which the Cross Rivers State government turned down. Now the state government is talking about its predisposition to negotiations. It is either the government there is truly sincere and altruistic about its intentions or there is more to this than meets the eye. Whichever the case may be, we guess that in good time everything would become clearer.

  • Am nt 4rm cross river state. Bt the oil well’s belongs to cross river nt akwa ibom. D 2 state are close. And der are jst lik brother and sister. And ibom people hav close to 28 communities in cross river state. And der are all so wrking in d state. Wer was akwa ibom since 1991 if truely der are the owner of it.