The Foremost Apex Eket Youth Socio-Cultural Organisation, Afigh Iwaad Ekid has endorsed the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel for a second term in office come 2019.
The Eket Federal Constituency Umbrella Organisation has also conferred on him, the honour of Grand Patron, describing him as a resourceful manager of people and wealth.
These were highpoints of a condolence/courtesy visit on the Governor by the group at Government House, Uyo.
Led by President General, Godwin Williams, Afigh Iwaad Ekid, the Afigh also pledged to continue supporting him after his second term in 2023 to higher responsibilities.
The youths said they have assessed and found the Governor competent in view of his ability to seamlessly manage the affairs of the state despite the economic downturn in the country.
The group condoled the Governor, Government and people of the state on the sudden departure of Prof. Eno Blankson Ikpe, Commissioner for Investments, Commerce and Industry.
A minute of silence was observed in memory of the departed Prof Eno Ikpe, Commissioner for Investment, Commerce and Industry.
ObongIwaad Godwin Williams announced plans by the Afigh to acquire land and engage in farming in Onna, Eket and Esit Eket for large scale farming in line with the food sufficiency programme of the State Government.
He solicited for support from the Governor to enable the association’s plans for manpower development through skills development centres in the Federal Constituency.
The youths lamented the absence of a tertiary institution in Eket Federal Constituency, and solicited the development of the Government Secondary School, Afaha Eket into a tertiary institution.
They also requested for the upgrade of four secondary schools in the four local government into model academies.
The group reiterated the desire of their people for the relocation of Mobil Producing Nigeria operational headquarters to Eket Federal Constituency.
While thanking the Governor for receiving them, they officially invited him to the 2017th Eket day celebration on December 15, adding that the day will be used for the formal decoration of the Governor as its Grand Patron.
The Governor who thanked the group for the visit, said it was the first group to come and share in his grief over the loss of the Executive Council Member.
He said Late Prof. Ikpe was taken to the best hospitals and everything was done to save her life, but added that the mystery of life and death can only be explained by God.
He admired the resilience and ability of the members to get the organisation on course, and urged them to continue maintaining peace .
The Governor wondered why there was no Federal presence in the state despite the huge contributions to the national revenue.
“We can’t be the largest producer of crude oil, and there is no office of NNPC in the state. No Federal presence in the state.”
He also bemoaned the absence of a single Akwa Ibom person in the hierarchy of the NNPC top, and the non presence of any petroleum depot by the PPMC.
In the entourage of Afigh Iwaad Ekid was the Grand Patron Elder Ben Udobia, the patrons, Mr Ephraim Inyang-eyen and Rt. Hon. Okpolupm Etteh, former Presidents-General Emmanuel Mbong, Isaiah Abia, Hon. Ita Umoh Udoh and Barr Bassey Nkanang along with other executive members.