The Paramount Ruler of Eket, in Eket local government area, Edidem Etim Abia has commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for ensuring that the state has an official map.
He said the map would address the age-long boundary dispute among communities in the state.
Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly last week passed the state Map Establishment Law 2023.
The royal father in an interview with newsmen in his Palace at Eket said Akwa Ibom wouldn’t have continued as a state without having an official gazetted map.
He said, “The governor, Deacon Udom Emmanuel has done well in taking the bold steps to ensure that Akwa Ibom state has an official map which would clearly indicate the boundary of each local government.”
The Royal father recalled that what was in circulation was not an official map as it was drawn by one person and had been causing problems among communities.
He further recalled how conflicts and violence had erupted between communities due to improper delineation of boundaries.
The monarch disclosed that poor delineation of boundaries had been the bone of contention between the Eket and the Ibeno people right from 1914, a case which according to him had gone up to the privy council, Britain and Eket people won but the Ibeno’s never accepted the judgement.
He added that Eket people joined in the case to argue where QIT(Qua Iboe Terminal) is and they won but Ibeno did not also accept it, saying that the new map would finally put to rest all the subsisting conflicts over boundary issues.