The paramount rulers of Etinan, Itu Local Government Areas, Edidem Ime Dickson Umoette and Edidem Edet Akpan Inyang respectively, have separately disassociated themselves from a newspaper publication in the state title: “AK 2015 Governorship: Paramount Rulers Rally Support for Effiong Abia,” reported on a front cover and page 2, Vol. 3, No. 54 of Friday 28th June, 2013, of a local tabloid (not Insight newspaper).
The said newspaper publication had linked their farewell speeches delivered at the royal chambers during their session in honour of the former commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barr. Effiong Abia, to his (Abia’s) 2015 governorship ambition, claiming that the monarchs used the event to rally supports for the former’s governorship ambition.
But, in their separate reactions, while speaking to journalists in Uyo, the duo denied rallying support for Abia’s governorship ambition, noting that they only spoke about the achievements of the former chieftaincy commissioner while he was in-charge of the ministry.
On his part, the paramount ruler of Etinan, Edidem Ime Dickson Umoette said that it was wrong for any politician in the state to use his name to further his political ambition as during the said event, he did not make any such political statement which the newspaper credited to him.
Edidem Umoette however said that he extolled the virtues of the out-gone commissioner as it related to his (Abia’s) services to the royal fathers, noting that his comments did not touch on the 2015 governorship race as he is not a politician to speak on political issue and more so, that he was not even aware of the governorship ambition of Mr. Effiong Abia.
The royal father wondered why politicians in the state derived joy in dragging the traditional institution into the mud, warning that such train portends danger to the state. He advised those seeking political offices in the state to do so without dragging in the royal institution into it.
While, the paramount ruler of Itu, Edidem Edet Akpan Inyang has described the newspaper publication as out-right false, saying that he did not rally support for the ex-commissioner in charge of the chieftaincy ministry at the said event.
Edidem Edet Akpan asserted that his statement at the event were not political as falsely reproduced in the publication, noting that it was out of place for politicians to warn to use the meeting of royal fathers for their cheap political gains.
He decried attempts by politicians in the state to bastardize the traditional institution with blackmails and sponsored newspaper publications, stressing that such trains were inimical to the royal fathers who, according to him, are not politicians and warned politicians in the state against the train.
Youth leaders call on government to complete Use Ikot Amama road project.
Worried by the seeming delay in the commencement of the second phase of the much talked about Use-Ikot-Amama road project, youth leaders from Ibiono Ibom have called on the state government to fulfill to its promise by kick starting the construction of the road project.
The youth leaders expressed their concern in a communiqué issued at the end of the quarterly general congress of Ibiono Ibom youth for democracy and development held in Ibiono Ibom. The youth group also lamented the continuous delay in the construction of the road leading to the palace of the paramount ruler after several promises by the state government.
The communiqué endorsed by the national president of Ibiono Ibom youth for democracy and development, Comrade Mosses Essien and other youth leaders in the area while appreciating governor Akpabio for retaining one of the illustrious sons of Ibiono Ibom, Bassey Albert Akpan as the finance commissioner in the recent cabinet shake up, said, ‘’the youths of Ibiono Ibom while appreciating the developmental strides of Chief Godswill Akpabio’s administration in Ibiono Ibom local government area, also solicit His Excellency’s approval for the completion of the remaining part of Nung Udoe, Okoita, Use Ikot Amama road to Ikot Esifa to link the local government with Ikono local government area, and also the construction of road leading to our paramount ruler’s palace’’.
The phase one of the road project and the second phase design of Use Ikot Amama-Ikot Esifa road project were handled by an indigenous construction firm, AEC works. The road project was commissioned in the first tenure of the present administration, with a promise to complete the second phase.
The group implored Ibiono Ibom youths to shun all forms of political vices as the 2015 general elections were approaching, even as it challenge, ‘’political office holders in Ibiono Ibom to continuously engage the youths in meaningful programmes that can engender their self reliance to be useful to their family and society instead of using them as window-dressing managers and political pawn in their political pursuit’’.
The group also expressed solidarity with their patron and finance commissioner, Bassey Albert Akpan for his commitment to the vision of the uncommon transformation agenda of the state government. They expressed their support for the enthronement of an enduring democracy in the country.