Thursday, 15 June 2017

How Ita-Giwa Shared IDP’s Relief Materials, See Names of those who collected the materials

By Ukorebi Esien|15th June, 2017

Evidence nailing senator Florence Ita-Giwa in respect to the diversion of relief materials meant for the IPD’s in Bakassi have emerged this morning.
According to the evidence made available to TDN, the materials worth millions of naira ranging from building materials, cooking utensil, bathing soaps/detergents, food stuff (garri rice, beans, palm oil, groundnut oil etc), Mattresses, blankets, drugs etc was shared among 4 persons.
The persons who had their names signed as having taken delivery of the items are said to be very close aides and (or) relatives of the erstwhile senator.
The names on the delivery list are Hon. Udeme who claimed to have taken custody of his share of the items for onward transfer to the Atabong people, Hon.Dennis Eyo whose name appeared under the Upland column of the list indicating that he collected his own share unbehalf of the upland people and finally one Sir Gerrad and Hon. Okon Isemin collected for the Riverine People.
Relief materials distribution list
Recall that a group known as Coalition of Bakassi Indigenes had in a press conference held on Monday, June 12, 2017, said that Ita-Giwa’s “attempt to bring the name and office of (the Cross River State) governor … into disrepute” by alleging the governor and some political leaders diverted relief materials meant for Bakassi indigenes, was to say the least, degrading and highly regrettable.
The People of Bakassi were seen on Monday with placards with various inscriptions such as “Mma Giwa Enough is Enough” “Buhari probe Mma Giwa Resettlement Committee” “Bakassi cannot be Divided”  Mma Giwa where is our relief materials?” Mma Giwa Leave us alone” “Thank you Ayade for our housing Estate” “Day Spring is Fraud” reported that at the press statement, read out by Austin Ibok, supported by Ani Esin, former Bakassi LGA chairman, Christopher Okokon, Gabriel Etim and Antigha Cobham that, “the creation of another resettlement camp at Akpabuyo, away from the original camp site at Ekpri-Ikang, Bakassi LGA, was instigated by Ita-Giwa to enable her and her cohorts take full control of the entire resettlement programme … For the past four years, no single returnee quartered at the resettlement camp in Ekpri-Ikang, has received any relief material, cash or even medical care from the Ita-Giwa led resettlement committee, as those in the camp are labelled as illegal returnees and left in penury… The senator rather preferred to create a false returnees camp at Akpabuyo to enable her perpetuate the on-going fraudulent practices in the programme, where rented crowds are arranged to receive visitors and government officials”.

Returnees interviewed by at the Ekpri-Ikang resettlement centre argued that what seems to have been long sold the public as Dayspring community in Bakassi and referred to by Ita-Giwa as her ancestral home, is a non-existent location. Dayspring they insist is a marshy fishing settlement in Calabar South LGA, seasonally inhabited by no more than 1000 persons.
In the meantime, the Cross Rive State House of Assembly have summoned Senator Florence Ita-Giwa to appear before it and answer questions as regards the distribution of the relief materials