Former Akwa Ibom Governor, Idongesit Nkanga, Is Dead

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chairman of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) Idongesit Nkanga, who was also a former military governor of Akwa Ibom , has died.

According to PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Nkanga passed an undisclosed hospital Uyo Eve, his associate and a family member revealed Friday morning.

There are speculations that Mr Nkanga died of COVID-19. PREMIUM TIMES is yet to independently verify this.

He was 68.

Mr Nkanga was Akwa Ibom governor from September 1990 to January during Ibrahim Babangida’s military regime. Ufot Ekaette, who later became Secretary to Government of Federation, was his deputy.

He retired as an air commodore the Nigerian Airforce.

As the chairman of PANDEF, Mr Nkanga was very vocal the campaign for the restructuring of Nigeria and the of the country’s Niger Delta region.

ThisDay published December 24 an interview it had Mr Nkanga where he talked about non-completion of the East-West which is meant to link together the states in the Niger Delta.

He also talked about the refusal of oil companies operating in the Niger Delta to relocate their head office to the region.

“You see this East-West that people have been dying, for how many years? It was later that found out that even when was Governor, in address when General Babangida came to Ikot Abasi because took him to that linking Rivers , that was not there, that was not constructed by the way it is now.

“The road that was there from was constructed by the Shagari administration. There was , people used to go by boat. When he came to commission ASCON, took him there and said if we can have this bridge, it help us. In speech close to 30 years ago, I spoke about East-West Road. You can imagine how long ago we have been talking about that road. Till today that road is not complete,” he had said in the interview.