AKSG Recognises 116 Traditional Rulers In Three Years, Gives Out Cars and Certificates of Recognition
09 Jul 2010
The Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs last week recorded another landmark achievement in terms of giving out fifteen certificates of recognition to traditional Chiefs which now increase the number of beneficiary to 116 since the coming on board of this present administration.
On the occasion, seven clan heads were also presented with brand new cars, while a brand new KIA Sorrento Jeep was presented to the Paramount Ruler of Oron Local Government area, Ofong Odiong Akan and the presentation ceremony was held at the chamber hall of the state council of chiefs.
Speaking at the occasion, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Paul Ekpo said the gestures demonstrated by the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Godswill Akpabio were in celebration of good governance in the traditional institution, stressing that the vehicles given out to the recognized clan heads were additional to the 66 brand new cars earlier presented to the clans heads by the Governor Akpabio led administration. The Commissioner also said that since the inception of this administration, His Ministry had embarked on the issuance of certificates of recognition to traditional rulers and observed that the newly recognized chiefs would bring their number to 116.
Mr. Paul Ekpo explained that the vehicles, apart from enhancing the movement of traditional rulers, would also add colour to their social status and will compensate them for the role they have played in ensuring that peace reigns in their respective areas to complement government’s efforts in the development of their rural communities. The commissioner noted that the support of the traditional institution to Governor Akpabio’s administration was yielding positive impact and appealed to them to continue in such light as the state marches towards the 2011 general election.
In his response, the chairman, Akwa Ibom council of Chiefs, Edidem Timtiniko Papaudo Enodien, said by this kind gesture, the traditional fathers have greater responsibility to play in their domains in checking breach of peace in the forms of robbery and kidnapping as advised by the inspector-general of police, Mr. Ogbonnaya Onovo, during his visit to the state recently. The royal father charged the newly recognized traditional rulers to use their new status to elevate the level of governance in their domains as they would be given the needed support. The chairman, state council of Chiefs, thanked Governor Akpabio for the gestures and reiterated the decision of the institution to support his re-election in 2011. He cautioned them not to use their offices to victimize or oppress their subjects.
On behalf of the recognized chiefs, the village head of Mbat Esifon, Ikot Abia in Obot Akara local government area, Chief Etim Essien, commended the state government for the responsibility given them, assuring that they will carry everybody along in terms of administratering their domain. The clan heads who received certificates and cars were chief Donald Uboh, clan head, Itam, in Itu Local Government Area; Dr. Uwem W. Akpan, Northern Ukanafun Clan, Ukanafun Local Government Area; and Chief Sunday Udoetok, Adiasim clan, Essien Udim Local Government Area. Others were Offong Effiong Mathew Unanaowo, clan head, Afaha Okpo in Urue Offong/Oruko Local Government Area; Etebom Akpan Eno Akpan, Nung Ndem clan, Onna Local Government Area; Chief Edet Nyong Ekeng, Idua clan, Oron Local Government Area and Chief Christopher Atat, Abak Midim clan in Oruk Anam Local Government Area.
The six village heads also issued with certificates of recognition were chief Peter Offiong, Idung Eka, Uyo, Southern Ukanafun; Chief Joseph M. Edoho, Village head of Ata Ndon, Afaha clan, Eket; Chief George James, village head, Ikpe Ikot Akwa, Etim Ekpo; Chief Etim Essien, village head, Mbat Esifon, Ikot Abia, Obot Akara; Obong Samuel Akpan, village head, Mbiokporo II and Chief Anwanabasi Ekwere, village head, Ikot Iwut, both in Nsit Ibom Local Government Area,