From our Correspondent
The Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Akon Eyakenyi, has expressed optimism in the Governor Umo Eno – led administration to deliver on its campaign promises, noting that such feat could only be achieved with the support of her kinsmen of Oro nation, and other patriotic citizens of the state.
Speaking at the inauguration of a socio-political tink – tank group, the Akpakip Oro Elders’ Advisory Council, AOEAC, at the Oron Local Government Area Civic Centre, Dr. Eyakenyi, explained that the constitution of the forum became necessary as a rallying point for advice for political office holders in the current administration.
While performing the ceremony, Senator Eyakenyi charged the Council to offer quality advice to key political office holders in the state, and often interface with the authorities on behalf of the people.
She thanked them for supporting the administration of Pastor Eno, and assured of the Governor’s determination to give all sections and segments of the state a sense of belonging, even as she impressed it on the Council to create a seamless process “to enable political office holders benefit from the wisdom and experience of elders for improved service delivery.”
She said: “Development begins with organization. Disorder is anti development. As the administration of Pastor Umo Eno, begins the implementation of the ‘Arise Agenda’ for the benefit of the entire state, including Oro Nation, there’s a need for us to be organized, hence the inauguration of this Council.
“The Council is charged with offering quality advice rooted in wisdom to political office holders. This will give direction and enhance service delivery,” she submitted.”
The Deputy Governor further admonished the Council to carry everyone along and reach out to the rest of the state, irrespective of political party affiliations in line with the inclusive disposition of the Governor.
Speaking on behalf of other members of the Council, the Chairman, Chief Okon Osung (Ikpoto Oro) thanked the Deputy Governor and other political office holders of Oro extraction, for the confidence reposed in them, pledging to work in line with the terms of reference of the Council in order to galvanize Oro for development.
Osung, a veteran Journalist and former Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Local Government Service Commission, LGSC, emphasized the need to partner the state and Federal Governments, for in order to effectively access the dividends of democracy for the people.
In his vote of thanks, the Vice Chairman, Prof. Okon Eminue, pledged the loyalty of the Council to the government, while thanking the Deputy Governor for her development – oriented drive towards bringing government to the grassroots.