CHRAN gives nod to proposed map of A’ Ibom

By Isaac Job, Uyo

A Human Rights group under the auspices of Center For Human Rights & Accountability Network (CHRAN), has given its nod for the planned gazetted map of Akwa Ibom State.

Presenting the position of CHRAN on Tuesday signed by the Chairman Atuekong Franklyn Isong during a Stakeholders meeting at the state House of Assembly on “A Bill for a Law to Provide for a Map for Akwa Ibom State and For Other Matters Connected Therewith,” the state Director of CHRAN, Otuekong Franklyn Isong accompanied by the Legal Secretary of CHRAN, Comrade (Barr.) Ubong Offiong, commended the sponsors of the Bill, describing it as a welcome development for the State.

“Akwa Ibom State was created on the 23rd day of September 1987. The state boundaries were delineated by the administration of President Ibrahim Babangida.

“Since the creation of the state, almost 40 years ago, Akwa Ibom State is yet to have its own gazetted map, which shows, in no unmistakable terms, the boundaries of the state.

“This has resulted in avoidable fracas between the inhabitants of the different boundary communities within the state, as well as between the inhabitants of Akwa Ibom State and the neighbouring states.”

The human rights organisation said that it was in the light of the necessity to avoid these unnecessary and life-threatening skirmishes that the decision of the state House of Assembly to empower the State Surveyor-General to prepare and get gazetted the official map of the state adding that it was a welcome development.

The group explained that the Bill has not breached any provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

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“We have examined the six (6) sections of the Bill with the Short Title: Akwa Ibom State Map Establishment Law and the Center for Human Rights & Accountability Network (CHRAN) is in complete support that the Bill be passed into Law as same shows no conflicts with the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

It, therefore, urged the State Surveyor-General, who the Bill seeks to empower for the tasks, to carry out the responsibility professionally taking into consideration the natural boundaries and cultural proclivities of different communities within the state.

“However, there is need to ensure that the Surveyor-General is financially empowered to ensure that the tasks needed for the preparation and production of the said official map are carried out professionally while taking into consideration the natural boundaries and cultural proclivities of the different communities within the state,” he said

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