The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Works, Mr Ephraim Inyangeyen has dismissed speculations of having a strained relationship with his Commerce and Indusrty counterpart, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem.
The clarification comes few days after Governor Udom Emmanuel spelt out penalties for any commissioner who is caught sabotaging the unity of the State Executive Council. Commissioner Inyangeyen who cleared the air on a story alleging that he has a rift with Barr Enoidem, noted that, the stories making the rounds are peddled by mischief makers to score cheap political goals.
The Commissioner for works who reacted to a question on social media after a radio talk show, Akwa Ibom Mandate , refuted in the rumour in strong terms, maintaining that, the said rift is a creation of the media.
According to Inyangeyen, ‘I don’t have any personal vendetta against Barrister Enoidem, he is my inlaw, my friend and brother. We communicate everyday without bias of any kind”
He noted that, the story making the rounds in the media of his purported blackmail of Barr Enoidem before the governor is a fluke. “I am focused on my duty and I will not in any way whatsoever, have time to hinder Barrister Enoidem from gaining audience with the governor. It is also laughable when I read that I broke the phone of Enoidem, it makes me to see truly that some people are out to cause artificial rift between us to score cheap political points” Commissioner Inyangeyen said.
“I don’t discuss any of my colleagues with the governor. I don’t do it. I go to the governor to discuss issues affecting my ministry and the things that will add value to this administration”, he added.
Furthermore, Inyangeyen said he is not at war with any other Commissioner for that matter. In his words, “I cannot be Commissioner of Works, Commissioner of Environment, or Commissioner of Housing and Urban Renewal, Commissioner of Investment, Trade and Commerce. I can only be Commissioner in one ministry, and the Works commissioner I am is already heavy enough on me to go about having issues with others .
He also charged newsmen to be diligent in their work, especially cross checking facts before going to press, he maintained that blackmail does not benefit anybody as such is detrimental to the development of the state because it causes disunity. He sued for support for Governor Udom Emmanuel who he maintained, means well for the state and has a profound vision and programme for her development as well as empowerment of the people.