Youth leader calls for amenities in Maritime Academy

Alarmed by incessant clashes between the Maritime Academy of Nigeria and Udung Okung and Eyo Abasi villages, a youth leader in Oron, Apostle Etim Ante has called on the Akwa Ibom State Government to provide more access roads for people of the area.
Speaking, Ante appealed to Governor Godswill Akpabio to construct access road from Methodist Boys’ High School to Udung Okung and Eyoabasi in order to stop the infiltration of some indigenes and residents into the academy’s premises.
He also called on the government to build 200 capacity hostels to increase the admission of cadets for the host community.
Ante, who is the International President of Essu Nlap Oro Development Organization, stated that one of the many areas in which government has made a strong presence is in the area of road construction, adding that the academy and the people were earnestly yearning to be part of this transformation drive.

“I am appealing to Governor Godswill Akpabio who has extended his benevolence to the University of Uyo, and other institutions to extend same to the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron.”
He lamented that the academy rector arrived at Oron when there was communal crisis between Udung Okung and Idua Ukpatta communities, which led to wanton destruction of lives and property.
Realising that no development thrives in an atmosphere of violence, the rector took positive steps to bring peace to the warring communities and provided them with some social amenities including electricity and pipe borne water.
Commenting on the current state of the academy, Apostle Ante who spoke on behalf of the youths, stated that the infrastructural renaissance; improved facilities and work force, academic excellence and discipline recorded in the academy are evidences that the school will soon be transformed to a world-class university.
He appealed to well-meaning sons and daughters of Oron to support the rector in his relentless commitment to reposition the academy in line with global best standards.

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