Members of Akwa Ibom Democratic forum (ADF) in Ika Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom yesterday appealed to Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio and the Sole Administrator of NDDC, Bar Effiong Akwa to rescue the Deplorable Nsasak- Urua Inyang-Ikot Uko – Azumni Road to alleviate their difficulties in movement.
The 20km road which is another gate way connecting Akwa Ibom and Abia State started from Nsasak in Essien Udim Local Government Area and passes through Urua Inyang, Ikot Uko in Ika Local Government Area and ends in Azumini Abia State.
The road, according to the Coordinator of Akwa Ibom Democratic forum in Ika, Barr. Uyobong Udom has been listed for construction by Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over the years without positive action.
Addressing members of the group after the formal inauguration of the Chapter Executives, the Director General of Akwa Ibom Democratic forum, ObongEmem Ekperikpe Ekpo who recounted the economic viability of the road when constructed, assured them that he will take their passionate appeal to Senator Godswill Akpabio and Barr. Effiong Akwa.
According to Ekpo, “We have to thank God for providing our grand leader Chief Godswill Akpabio with another unique office to continue his good works to the people. He always has Ika people at heart and will use his good office to ensure the quick delivery of the road project for public usage.”
The DG, a former member of House of Representatives recalled that Chief Godswill Akpabio’s generosity manifested greatly when he was a commissioner and He (Ekpo) the Chairman of Ika Local Government Area then.
“Chief Godswill Akpabio as commissioner shunned personal aggrandizement to build people and bridges of friendship across the state.
“He came to serve the state not to become a Governor but worked himself to become the Governor. In one of our foreign trip as Council Chairman then to South Africa, all the 31 Council Chairman in what we called South African Accord endorsed him to take over as next Governor after Obong Victor Attah because of his selfless service and deep love for the people.
“That endorsement materialized in 2007 and Akwa Ibom witnessed uncommon transformation. As then Commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, He also gave us (then council chairmen) the opportunity to serve the people well. In Ika, he approved and supported my building the Unity Hall in the Council among other projects. He is the most popular living Akwa Ibom person today and we are very proud to associate with him as our grand leader.” He explained.
Ekpo urge Akwa Ibom people to appreciate God for giving the State a dependable leader in the person of Senator Godswill Akpabio whose love for selfless services and people cut across ethic, tribal and religious barriers and who has provided credible leadership as Minister of Niger Delta Affairs to Niger Deltans and Nigeria
Also speaking a former Deputy Inspector general of police Mr Udom Ekpoudom urged the newly inaugurated executives of local chapters of ADF to remain focused to the ideals of the group.
Ekpoudom who recalled the many achievements of the grand leader of the group Senator Godswill Akpabio as Governor, Senator, and presently a serving Minister of NigerDelta Affairs opined that Akpabio remains a visionary, pragmatic and trustworthy leader and urged ADF members to follow his footsteps.
The Inauguration of the Chapter Executives of ADF which was assisted by the Administrator of the group Barr. Chris Okorie took place at Ika, Etim Ekpo and Essien Udim LGAS amidst fanfare with Barr. Uyobong Udom, Mr. Ubong Afia and Mr. Uduak Etim Udom respectively emerging chapter coordinators.
They all pledged their total loyalty to the grand leader Senator Godswill Akpabio and the ideals of the group and promised to work with their executives to achieve the objectives of the group.