By Dennis Udoma, Uyo
Ikot Inyang Community in Akwa Ibom has accused the President of its Development Association in Etinan Local Government, Mr Enefiok Benjamin Umoh and secretary, Uduak Edet Udoh of embezzling N53, 747, 185.80K meant for the construction of a water project in the community.
They said, the sum was released to the body by the Niger – Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in 2013 but, the duo connived among themselves to share the money, denying other executive members knowledge of the release of the funds.
Since then, the issue has generated crisis in the community, leading to the malicious media attacks on the village head, Chief Emem Akpan alleged to be orchestrated by the president and secretary of the development association, Messrs Enefiok Umoh and Uduak Udo.
The community, which rose from a stakeholders meeting at the palace of the village head, attended by his Deputy, village executive council, family heads, youth and women Leaders on Monday expressed shocked that, the project on ground was nowhere near the amount given to them.
A communique issued after the meeting by the stakeholders stated that, ‘‘apart from Enefiok Benjamin Umoh and his secretary, Uduak Edet Udoh, members of his executives …were surprised that, the amount of N53, 747, 185.80K was released by NDDC for the water project in 2013.
‘‘On Monday September 30, 2019, the said Enefiok Benjamin Umoh petitioned the Nigeria Police that, Eteidung vandalized the water project as the police invited Eteidung to appear at their station on October 2, 2019.
‘‘At the police station, Eteidung told the police that, in 2016 one Idorenyin Umoh, who was a teacher at the primary school in the village called and pointed out to him that, people had vandalized more than half of the solar panels and that, the Eteidung should cause the remaining panels to be removed for safe keeping before everything is carted away.
‘‘In 2017, Eteidung convoked executive meeting on how to salvage the water crisis situation in the community. It was at the council meeting that, it was agreed that, a solution be provided for the community to restore the water. From the proceeds of the sales of the remaining panels, a generator, submersible pump, linkages to PHCN and change-over etc were bought and since then, water was restored in the community’’.
But the police after investigation, realized that, the petition by Mr Enefiok Umoh was spurious trying to cause a distraction in the community.
The people however, warned Enfiok Umoh and Uduak Udo to desist from their wickedness as they would not hesitate to banish them from the community should they continue to bring confusion to the area.