Map of ESIT EKET Local Government Area
Location: Situated by the Atlantic westline with boundaries with Ibeno, Eket and Nsit Ubium Local Government Areas.
Representative: Hon. Okpolupm Ikpong Etteh
Paramount Ruler: HRM Edidem Ubong Peter Assam, (Asoh I of Esit Eket)
Hon. (Deac.) Ibanga Bassey Etang
He was born on 8th April, 1969. He went into the world of building his educational career by obtaining his West African School Certificate O Level between 1978 and 1983 at Govt Secondary School, Afaha Eket and A levels in 1985 at School of Arts and Science, Uyo. He proceeded to University of Uyo to read Banking and Finance where he graduated with 2nd Class honours in 1991.
From 1991 to 1992 he worked as Accounting Assistant in Ministry of Finance Reconcilliation Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State. Between 1994 and 1996 he was Warehouse Controller at Hydric Nig. Ltd. Lagos. By 1996 to 1998 he went on to work for Reseat Insurance Brokers, in Ikeja, Lagos, as Assistant Superindent of Marketing. However, in 1999, he moved closer home to work with Daewoo Nig. Ltd. As Administrative Officer in QIT Infrastructure Project, Eket, a position he held and was promoted to the position of Purchasing and Warehouse Coordinator based on his excellent track record. Notwithstanding, within the same Daewoo company, he was transfred to Abam Base Okrika on the Cawthorne Channel Associated Gas Gathering Project for SPDC where he worked fully as Warehouse Controller between 2001 and 2004. Between 2009 and 2012, Hon. Etang was Special Assistant to the Governor on Project Monitoring, a position he held and acquired requisite exposure and experience in political leadership.
Within his work Experience, Hon. Etang had picked several beneficial skills, among which are the ability to work in teams, to coordinate groups of people, and the competent use of computer software such as word processing, spreadheets, and presentation and graphic systems.
Hon. Etang is happily married with three children and a deacon of the New Birth Bible Church.
ESIT EKET Local Government Area
Esit Eket Local Government Area having its headquarters in Uquo was created in 1966 with 65 gazetted villages (though some villages are yet to be recognised) and about 2 clans having a total of ten wards.
It is bounded in the North by Urue Offong/Oruko and Mbo Local Government Areas, on the West by the Eket Local Government Area and on the South by Ibeno Local Government Area and the Atlantic Ocean.
Esit Eket Local Government Area was created in 1989 by the Local Government (Basic Constitutional and Transitional Provision Decree No. 15 of 1989). Prior to this historic political exercise, the geographical area now called Esit Eket was part of Uquo Ibeno Local Government Area. Esit Eket Local Government Area is presently made up to two clans namely: Eket Offiong and Eket Afaha, which are held together by common tradition, customs and ancestry relationship.
The Local Government Headquarters is at Uquo. There are 23 recognized villages in the local government area, although some omitted villages are yet to be gazetted. These villages are spread across the three geo-political zones making up of Uquo and the development zones A, B and C.
Zone A is made up of Wards 1, 2 and 3; Zone B is made up of Wards 4, 5, 6 and 9 while Zone C is made up of Wards 7, 8 and 10.
The people of Esit Eket share their ancestry with the Ekid speaking people of Eket Local Government with whom they share a common culture. Their mother tongue is the Ekid language which is spoken understood by all. English language and its modified version (pidgin) have been adopted as part of modern acculturation.
Most indigenes are Christians although a few still practice traditional religion. Associated with religious practices are churches, shrines, funeral rites, cults (such as Ekpe, Ekponyoho, Akata etc.) and festivals such as Ntuk Una Idi. An array of cultural dances abound. The culture of Esit Eket people is exemplified in their Folk songs, music and lyrics, parables (adages, wise sayings or proverbs), dressing, craftsmanship, and marriage rites and ceremonies.
The people have come a long way in acquiring secular (western) Education. Thus a new culture based on literacy and higher educational qualification is evolving consequently, the younger generation may be observed organizing disco-dancing and cock-tail parties. The best index of the people’s culture is that of tranquility and serene co-existence. The people have learnt and know how to live in peace.
|* Source: 2006 National Census|
ESIT EKET In The News
- Newly Renovated Esit Eket Local Government Guest House
- Renovation of Eslt Eket Local Government Works/ SSS Office and provision of toilet facility.
- Renovation and construction of Eslt Eket Local Government Pavilion in the Sport Stadium.
- Construction of generating House I Installation of 500KVA Generator
- Renovation of chairman`s quarters and construction of boys quarters within the chairman`s quarter.
- Construction of fertilizer storage depot
- Construction of five (5) rooms Female VIP public toilet
- Construction of five (5) rooms Male VIP public toilet
- Construction of new 10 rooms office blocks in the local Government Secretariat.
- Fencing of Local Government secretariat I provision of second gate.
- Renovation I tilling of the Paramount Ruler`s palace
- Renovation of Eslt Eket Local Government viewing Centre
- Restoration of electricity In Eslt Eket Local Government Area.
- Rehabilitation of 20 thousand gallons capacity water project/drilling of borehole and reticulation of waters in all toilets within council office.
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Esit Eket Local Government Area has a topography which is generally plane or low land and swampy. The soil is richly loamy and sandy with under-crust of red earth. The Local Government Area is within the tropical rain forest belt and most of its forest land constitutes the Stubbs Creek Forest Reserve. The Local Government Area is influenced by three distinct seasons:
The rains are brought in by the South West winds, while the dry and harmattan season is brought in by the North Eastern winds.
- The rainy season which is wet and humid (April to September)
- The dry season which is hot and dry (October to Decemeber)
- The harmattan season which is cold and dry (January to March)
The woodlands and forests are home for the oil palm tree, coconut palm, raffia palm and giant trees such as Iroko, Mahogany, Obeche, Ukpe, Anyam, Uyo, Mkpanak, etc.
Thus the Local Government Area has a high potential for development in the area of timber (lumbering), paper making, furniture factory, tree planting, Ethanol (Alcohol) Distilling, Orchards, Agricultural estates and fruit juices.
Eket is within the tropical zone and is therefore influenced by the two principal climatic conditions – the dry and rainy seasons. The dominant vegetation of the local government area, by virtue of its location is the mangrove swamp forest. In the hinterland, the green foliage of trees and shrubs is inter- spaced with the erect and numerous trunks of oil and raffia palms as well as coconut trees.
There are two distinguished ecological zones. The marshy land of the ocean washed and river-washed areas of Ntak Inyang, Odoro Nkit, etc. and the flat or low- lying areas of Etebi, Uquo and Edo, etc. The entire area is drained by the Qua Iboe River and its major tributaries – the Stubbs/Widenham Creek.
Predominantly farmers, fishermen and a considerable number in trading like their Ibeno neighbours. They are actively involved in the oil industry downstream operation.