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Location: Esslen Udlm Is bounded In the :North and West by Abla State, In the East by Ikot Ekpene, Obot Akara and Ikono Local Government Areas, In the South by Abak, Etlm Ekpo and Ika Local Government Areas.

Representative: Hon. Emmanuel Sunday Akpan

Paramount Ruler: HRM Obong Cosmas Okon Akpan

Chairman

Hon. Nse Ntuen

Ukana Onuk in Essien Udlm LGA is his place of origin and 5th April, 1964, is his day of entry into the world. Hon. Ntuen is the Chairman of Chairmen In Akwa Ibom State.

He started his primary education at Methodist Primary School, Ukana, Essien Udim, in 1970 and completed it in 1975. Thereafter he gained admission into Independence High School, Ukana, where he had his secondary education from 1976 to 1981. He began his role as a leader very early in life as he was not only a class prefect, but also a dining hall prefect in the secondary school At present, Hon. Ntuen is studying Public Works in the Social Sciences, University of Calabar.

He also began an early working career. In 1983, he was employed as a clerical officer at the defunct Sunshine Batteries in Ukana, Essien Udim, and by 1992 had risen to the rank of Research and Development Officer of the company. That same year, he resigned to also begin an early career in politics.

In 1993, he was elected as State auditor of the erstwhile Social Democratic Party. Between 1996 and 1997 he was the Vice Chairman of Essien Udim, on non-party platform; but before this, he had served as councillor representing Ukana West Ward II.Thereafter, in December 1997, he contested for House of Assembly on the platform of Grassroots Democratic Movement (GDM) and won to represent Essien Udim State Constituency in the still-born Third Republic.

After the death of Gen. Abacha, the new Administration dismantled all political structures and his dream of exercising the mandate of his people in the House of Assembly was dashed. Not discouraged, he contested for the chairmanship of Essien Udim in 1999, when ban was lifted on politics. Though he did not win that election, yet he remained in active politics till date, because he was constantly driven by the passion to add significant value to the lives of his people and those of Nigerians at large.

His contributions are many and include the following: facilitation of opening of access road to the local government headquarters from Ukana; completion (with Chairman`s assistance) of abandoned secretariat complex of the Local Government; facilitation of the citing of a health post at Ukana West I, as a supervisor for health, a position he combined with the vice- chairmanship of the Local Government Council. He also assisted to form Ukana Football Association in 1986 and became assistant secretary of the football body.

The Chair of Chair, as he is popularly called, is happily married and the marriage is blessed with two boys. His hobbles include football and travelling.
 


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ESSIEN UDIM Local Government Area
Essien Udim is one of the Annang speaking Local Government Areas in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. It was created out of the former Ikot Ekpene division and included the following clans in Annang land: Ukana, Adiasim, Ikpe, Odoro ikot, Akon, Nsasak, and Ekpenyong Atai. Historically, it was the most populated area among the Annang.
 

History
What is now Essien Udim is a coined name of the political history of the area. From political perspective, what now is described as Essien Udim had its unbroken infirmity from ages gone by. In those days the homogenous span of land from Ikot Umo Essien/Okon/Mkpatak/Ekpenyong to Ukana East and West, Adiasim, Afaha and Ikpe Annang were collectively known and addressed as central Annang.

Before the Civil War, the portion described as Central Annang with its full autonomy as a council was merged with Ikot Ekpene Urban and Otoro County Councils. Eventually, the three district country councils merged to be known as Ikot Ekpene Local Government. That arrangement continued until between 1979 – 1983 when Cross River State House of Assembly created local governments council areas. It was during this creation that Okogi panel created Essien Annang and Udim Local Government Areas. Udim has its name derived from these clans: Ukana, Adiasim, Ikpe Annang and Ekpenyong/Mkpatak.

“Essien” is a name from the English version “Central” Essien Annang. It could be recalled that the name “Essien” was an introduction by agitation committee of what emerged and known as Central Annang.

However, the two local governments functioned simultaneously. Essien Annang had its headquarters at Ukana Iba. There was no approval from the Federal Government, hence, it was abolished and eventually merged with Ikot Ekpene.

By May 3, 1989 the Federal government created 149 Local Government Areas over the country and decided in coined names from the two units of Essien Annang and Udim and from that date Essien Udim emanated.
 

People
The Essien Udim Local Government Area is made up of homogenous group of people believed to have originated from the same ancestral stock like other Annang people. The people are very hospitable, sociable and adhere strictly to an extended family system.

They are predominantly Christians although very few still practice some forms of traditional African Religion. The people are highly educated, while the government is trying its best to boost adult education and the Universal Basic Education to ensure that all should know at least how to read and write.


Culture
Essien Udim Local Government Area has a rich cultural background. The notable cultural plays include Ekpo masquerade, Ekong, Utuhekpe, Uta, Asian Uboikpa, Mbopo. These cultural activities provide a very good attraction to tourists especially and foreigners.

New yam, cocoyam and melon festivals are also carried out in this area mostly as traditional ceremonies to promote bountiful harvest. There are also palaces of “Ikorok” – traditional gods, Atan Ikot Okoro water influence, “Asakiba Oyop” at Adiasim, Ikot Ekong – Ikot Ada Utor ancient monument.
Population

MalesFemalesTOTAL:
102,01290,656192,668
* Source: 2006 National Census
 

Recent Projects  Profile

  • Brand new cars bought for senior officers of Esslen Udlm LGA
  • Renovated Office blocks
  • Renovated Local Government Secretariat.
  • Hosting of LGA football competition
  • Interior partitioning of the secretariat
  • Several new water projects.
 

ESSIEN UDIM In The News
Jul, 11 2011: Nigerian-American Physician Lauds Free Medical Services by Nigerian Army...more
Sep, 17 2010: First Lady Inaugurates Ultra-Modern Cottage Hospital...more
Aug, 17 2010: Akpabio Renews Assurance on War Against Criminals...more
Jul, 30 2010: Gov. Akpabio Condoles Akwa Ibom People Over Death of Pioneer Speaker...more
Jul, 9 2010: AKSG Recognises 116 Traditional Rulers In Three Years, Gives Out Cars and Certificates of Recognition...more
Jul, 6 2010: Projects Inaugurated as Governor Akpabio Visits Essien Udim Local Government Today...more
Jul, 3 2010: Akpabio Chides Council Chiefs Over Non-Performance...more
Dec, 1 2009: Methodist Church Embarks on Profiling of Future Political Leaders...more
Nov, 10 2009: Dr. Edward Akpabio Immortalised...more
Nov, 9 2009: Like a Candle in the Wind - The Life of Late Dr. Edward Akpabio...more

Geography
The land mass consist of undulating plains. Rivers are few and far between the plains. Prominent among them are Uwa West/Ikot Ebak, that permeates Ekpenyong/Mkpatak and merges into Etim Ekpo channel which eventually drains into Atlantic Ocean. Shallow depressions contain seasonal lakes that serve as sources of water supply to rural farmers and are commonly known as ponds and such ponds are Nta, Oworeto and Ikpe.


Tourism
Tourism potential abound In the Local Government Area and when fully explored will serve as a tourist haven.
Climate
The climates of Essien Udim like other region lies in the tropics and consist of two main seasons: the dry and the wet season. The soil of Essien Udim has a simple pattern of sedimentary geological formation. This consists mainly of sands of tertiary coastal plains.


Language
The local dialect is Annang.
Natural Resorces
The Local Government Area Is blessed with crude oil reserve and mineral deposits such as clay, sand, gravel, soft sand. Agricultural produce such as palm produce, raffia palm, coconut, plantain, cassava, banana, yam are produced In commercial quantities.


Commerce
Many inhabitants are public servants, self employed, farmers, hunters, blacksmiths, and men and women of various kinds of trades.
 

From the Gallery
Clergy men of Christ Church, Ukana, blessing the grave of late Dr. Edward Udo Akpabio in the family compound at Ukana where his body is interred on Saturday 7th November, 2009 Akwa Ibom State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, with Emem Akpabio at the graveside in the family compound of the late Dr. Edward Udo Akpabio in Ukana where interment of the body is being carried out on Saturday 7th November, 2009 Akwa Ibom State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, in company of the Speaker Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Engr. Ignatius Edet, and Secretary to State Government, Mr. Umanah O. Umanah, approaching the family compound of the late Dr. Edward Udo Akpabio Drummers from the Yoruba community in Akwa Ibom State file out in praise of the hero,  the late Dr. Edward Udo Akpabio, as his body reaches the family compound for interment in Ukana in Saturday 7th November, 2009 A glorious home call it was indeed as trumpeters marched on in escort of the late Dr. Edward Udo Akpabio for interment at the family compound in Ukana in Saturday 7th November, 2009 Portrait of late Dr. Edward Udo Akpabio as the body moves to the family compound for interment after the funeral service at Independence High School, Ukana on Saturday 7th November, 2009 The crowd leaving Independence High School, Ukana on Saturday 7th November, 2009 as the body of late Dr. Edward Udo Akpabio is carried in the ambulance shown in the background for interment in the family compound Pallbearers carrying remains of the loved, cherished, and respected Late Dr. Edward Udo Akpabio to the graveyard for interment after the funeral service of late Dr. Edward Udo Akpabio at Independence High School, Ukana on Saturday 7th November, 2009 Remains of the loved, cherished, and respected Late Dr. Edward Udo Akpabio being being escorted in a procession to the graveyard after the funeral service of late Dr. Edward Udo Akpabio at Independence High School, Ukana on Saturday 7th November, 2009 Lavish traditional royalty accorded dignitaries gracing the occassion at the funeral of late Dr. Edward Udo Akpabio at Independence High School, Ukana on Saturday 7th November, 2009 Commissioner for LGA, Paul Ekpo, poses with Emem Akpabio and Aniedi Akpabio, children of the deceased at the funeral of late Dr. Edward Udo Akpabio at Independence High School, Ukana on Saturday 7th November, 2009 Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), Uyo, Bishop Cletus Bassey,  addressing the gathering at the funeral of late Dr. Edward Udo Akpabio at Independence High School, Ukana on Saturday 7th November, 2009 Women groups at the funeral of late Dr. Edward Udo Akpabio at Independence High School, Ukana on Saturday 7th November, 2009 The deceased family seated by the casket at the funeral of late Dr. Edward Udo Akpabio at Independence High School, Ukana on Saturday 7th November, 2009 Government House Choir, Uyo, performing at the funeral of late Dr. Edward Udo Akpabio at Independence High School, Ukana on Saturday 7th November, 2009
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