WHY CONSTRUCT A 21 STOREY BUILDING FOR EXXONMOBIL WHEN THERE ARE DILAPIDATED PUBLIC SCHOOLS ALL OVER?
By Clement Ikpatt
Imagine Udom Emmanuel’s pie-in-the-sky reason for a 21 storey, which is so that ExxonMobil can relocate to Akwa Boom State.
Is that not raw and rank naivety? Yet, with respect to the AKS 21 storey building project under construction:
1. no thinking government erects a mighty office complex as gift/incentive to woo a multi trillion dollars net worth multinational able to build her own office complex in a twinkle.
2. there is no modern and working public utilities infrastructure base for her citizens talk less of any for the anticipated influx of thousands to be directly or indirectly employed by ExxonMobil. They will come in to overload and crumble the already rickety and planless structures available.
3. we may not be able to fill high level management and tech positions because an antiquated and dilapidated education/technical skills sector. Truth is that so many in the Akwa Ibom State unemployment ranks are unemployable. ExxonMobil, if she comes in, will easily find that out in quick time.
4. no plan B has been made in case ExxonMobil spins a last minute excuse to avoid relocation. What will the building be used for and who will maintain? We have not yet completed the 17 storey building and Conference Center at the TROPICANA, yet, we are piling another 21 levels of Udom’s day dream on top of those. Something is very fuzzy about that possible scenario.
You’d expect the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly to invite some high level ExxonMobil managers in order to extract a written “Commitment To Relocate” document. It is foolishness to rely on Udom Emmanuel’s believe/impulse that relocation will happen. So far, his promises are a dime-a-dozen blanks.
5. Udom Emmanuel has neither articulated any good enough reason why ExxonMobil MUST relocate nor has he convinced anybody about ExxonMobil’s sudden epiphany moment that informed her decision to relocate.
I really hope that other gubernatorial candidates are taking notes of some of these things we are talking about. Governing AKS will never be the same old, same old stuff. Now, every governor will have to serve and lead.