Patrick Ekpoh,Uyo

A group under the auspices of Oron National Forum has frowned at the marginalisation and injustices on it people, the Oro ethnic nationality of Akwa Ibom State by government and it agents.

The forum in a statement on Sunday by it newly elected National Publicity Secretary, Stephen Bassey, also frowned at the non-recognition of the five local government areas of the Oro ethnic nationality as oil producing communities.

According to the statement which was issued to newsmen in Uyo, the group said it would continue to demand for recognition of Oro nation as oil producing communities, adding that anything short of this would amount to ploy to deny it people of their 10% equity share to oil communities.

“FORUM frowned at the gross marginalization and injustices done to Oro people by Government at all levels and her collaborators and called for immediate redress.

“We condenm in strong terms the non-recognition of the five Local Government Areas of Oro Ethnic Nationality as oil producing communities and therefore rejects in its entirety the calculated attempt to deny Oro Nation of 10% equity shares to the oil communities in Niger Delta region among other benefits.

“That Oro ethnic nationality be recognized as a core oil producing community having accounted for over 70% of crude oil produced by Akwa Ibom State with eight oil producing companies operating in our territorial waters and lands”the statement said.

While commending the efforts of the Federal and the State Governments in the fight against the spread of the COVID-19  Pandemic the group urged both Governments to expedite action on the realization of the proposed Ibaka Deep Seaport project for the overall benefit of the people.

It also paid glowing tributes to the founder and Leader of Oron National Forum  Comrade Edet Uno (1936 – 2008), for his avowed commitment to thel survival and identity of humanity, particularly, the Oro People.

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