SCAM: Sam Ikon blindfolds Constituents on Film training
-Pockets N250m from Nigerian Film Corporation
-Etinan Constituents are ingrates-legislative Aides
Once again, the popular saying that a leopard can never change its spots came true in the life of Rt. Hon. (Elder) Samuel Ikon, member representing Etinan federal constituency in the national assembly.
Known for his self-centeredness and selfish maneuverings which saw him trade off developmental projects in his community and state constituency during his tenure as speaker of the state assembly for a national assembly ticket in 2015, Sam Ikon as he is fondly called has once again given his constituent an upper cut in the ongoing film training.
Investigations reveal that the ongoing training is a federal ministry of information, culture and tourism project for the six geo-political zones aimed at rekindling interest of the people especially youth in the film industry regarded as a major source of employment, revenue generation and wealth creation.
According to our source in Nigerian Film Corporation, the agency facilitating the project on behalf of the ministry, each of the geo-political zones were given the sum of N250m (Two Hundred and Fifty Million Naira only) for the training of participants which is expected to last three weeks.
To achieve the desired result, the agency was to pass through federal lawmakers for spread and effective coverage and participation.
That is how Rt. Hon Sam Ikon took advantage of the opportunity being a member of House of Representatives committee on Culture and Tourism to bring home the training as his personal project and effort aimed at introducing his constituents to the art of film acting and film making.
While he is being celebrated for the ‘brilliant’ idea, he walks away with N250m with which he hopes to use for his reelection bid.
Efforts to reach him on his mobile number failed but his senior legislative aide, Michael Aniekan who spoke with our reporter expressed dismay at the level of ingratitude displayed by Etinan people.
He said it was very sad that the little effort of the federal house member aimed at bringing his constituents to national limelight is seen from the parochial lens of how much is involved or not.
He admitted that the film training is actually the initiative of the federal government and questioned the wrong Elder Sam Ikon did in bringing the project to his constituency.
“Do you know the kick-backs the MP has done before the money was released? Do you expect him to put back a whopping N250m in film making alone when the same money can be used for other things?”.