The Chairman of Mkpat Enin Transition Committee, Lady Ekaette Usip, has sued for peace and unity in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area. She made the appeal while inaugurating Members of the Transition Committee on Monday, July 4, 2016, at the council secretariat.
Lady Usip noted that it is only in an environment of peace that development and progress can thrive in Mkpat Enin. She lauded the industrialization strive of Governor Udom Emmanuel in the state, appreciating the governor for the sitting of the Coconut Refinery in Mkpat Enin.
The newly appointed Transition Committee Chairman for Mkpat Enin expressed gratitude to the state governor for massive road construction projects in her area, saying that the people of Mkpat Enin are well accommodated in the heart of Governor Emmanuel’s administration.
She thanked the wife of the governor, Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel, for standing by her husband, the governor.
Ekaette Usip promised Mkpat Enin people that her administration will address their needs and provide the infrastructural development in the area.
She noted that in spites of the economic challenges in the country, her coming on board as the council’s helmsman was divine, saying that God has purpose and time for everything under the earth.
Mrs Usip assured workers in the council of better deal, noting that their welfare would be of paramount importance in his administration and called on them to cooperate with his leadership.
Mrs Usip who was flanked by her husband, Ebiereobong Usip, said; “this is the first time in Mkpat Enin that a woman is given the chance to contribute to the development of the area as the chairman of the council. This is the first time Mkpat Enin is witnessing a change in leadership position,” adding; “this is not just a change but a daughter of the soil; a mother and a seasoned administrator.”
She called on all Mkpat Enin people to support her so that she can succeed. “I need your cooperation to succeed in the office of the chairman,” saying; “I will actualise the dream of having a united Mkpat Enin before the end of my tenure.”
“Our gathering here is for the swearing in of members of the Transition Committee who will work with me to achieve the lofty ideals of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration for the people of Mkpat Enin local government.”
The secretary of the Transition Committee, Mr Nseobong Dominic Essien, was first sworn in before others members by the chairman.
Other members of the Transition Committee are: Mr. Inimfon Henry Ebe, supervisor for Works; Mr Ndifreke Williams Udobia, Supervisor for Agriculture; Mr Friday Okobo, Supervisor for Special Duties; Mr Emmanuel Uko Afia, Supervisor for Environment and Mineral Resource; Mr Henshaw Efik, Supervisor for Education, Youths and Sports; Mr Chryss Essien, Supervisor for Chieftaincy Affairs; and Mercy Akpan Jacob, supervisor for Health.
Speaking at the occasion, the political leader of Mkpat Enin local government area, Otuekong Jerry Akpan, thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for appointing Lady Ekaette Usip to chair the committee, describing her as a competent and a seasoned administrator.
Akpan admonished the nine member transition committee to be focused and to shun their personal interest for the larger interest of Mkpat Enin. He urged them to see their appointments as a call for service rather than a call to pursue their personal interest.
Barrister Akpan, who is a former commissioner for Economic Development in the state, noted that Mkpat Enin has over one million people but, God chose to favour members of the committee to carry out the task and therefore, they should not see themselves as the best amongst Mkpat Enin people but, a mere opportunity for them to contribute their quarters for the development of the area.
He called on the committee members to put in their best in order to effect the needed change in Mkpat Enin. He urged them to move into action immediately.
The articulate political leader of the area advised the chairman of the Transition Committee to always create opportunity to interact with the people and stakeholders of Mkpat Enin local government area.
Also speaking, a former executive chairman of Mkpat Enin, Akparawa Udo Sam Umoatan, expressed delight on the composition of the committee, saying that it reflected the wishes of the people of the area.
Udo Umoatan thanked the governor for selecting Lady Ekaette Usip to head the committee, noting that with her experience as someone who has served in the previous administration of the council, she was better equipped for the task of delivering democratic dividend to Mkpat Enin people.
He expressed optimism that the committee will spread development across the 14 wards of Mkpat Enin and urging the members of the committee to be selfless.
The former international president of Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, said that with the emergence of Udom Emmanuel as the governor of Akwa Ibom, Mkpat Enin is better placed for more good things from the state government.
He thanked the people of Mkpat Enin for supporting the governor and urged them to remain steadfast while giving their unalloyed loyalty to the governor and the PDP.
On his part, the chapter chairman of PDP for Mkpat Enin, Mr Anietie Sunday, called on the people of Mkpat Enin to continue to have faith in the party and in the administration of Mr Udom Emmanuel.
He urged members of the transition committee to cooperate with the chairman and shun those things that will create disharmony in Mkpat Enin and the council. He advised them against infighting, saying that it would be counter-productive.
He prayed that the chairman and members of the transition committee would succeed.
The Head of Service in Mkpat Enin, Chief (Mrs) Hadassah David, while moving the vote of thanks, pleaded with the newly sworn in chairman and members of the transition committee for Mkpat Enin to look into the situation of workers and address their welfare issues.
She expressed happiness for the appointment of Ekaette Usip as the chairman, saying that she is conversant with the problems of the council and its workers.
The event which was generally peaceful and spiced with traditional display, had the political leader of Mkpat Enin, Obong Jerry Akpan; a former House of Assembly member, Rt. Hon. Udobong Ekpo; the state vice chairman of PDP (Eket senatorial district) and former Mkpat Enin council chairman, Hon. Mfon Eno Nkanteen; the Mkpat Enin PDP chairman, Mr Anietie Sunday; a former Mkpat Enin council chairman and former international president of Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, Akparawa Udo Sam Umoatan; a former chairman of Mkpat Enin, Hon. Godwin Udobia; a former Mkpat Enin PDP chairman, Chief Friday Udo Ayara; Mr Ifiok Etukudo; the publisher of Radar Newspapers and administrative secretary of Uyio Ikpaisong Ibibio, Otuekong Franklyn Isong; and a woman leader in Uyo local government, Obonganwan Roberta Edem, among several others in attendance.
By Aniedi UKOENANG