Fidelity bank banner Bayelsa State banner
Udom warns enemies of progress, preaches unity at late Ibibio patriarch’s funeral

By News Express on 08/04/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 858

•Governor Udom Emmanuel.
•Governor Udom Emmanuel.

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has warned people against hiding under the cloak of political party lines and pecuniary interests to fight against the developments of the state.

He issued the warning at the Onna Township Stadium during the funeral of the late Paramount Ruler of Onna and Oku Ibom Ibibio 111, Akwa Edidem Akpabio Udo Ukpa. Udom called on all Akwa Ibomites to unite and pursue the overall interest of the state.

Alluding to the unity witnessed at the occasion by the gathering of all stakeholders in the state, he said: “There are no political parties here, but Akwa Ibomites, may this unity abound in us.”

He lamented the ugly scenario where several people could work against the interest of the state by sponsoring attacks and vandalism against his projects and programmes in the state, in order to score cheap political points.

Decrying the vandalism at his administration’s coconut plantation and refinery project site, among other similar incidents, the Governor urged people to hearken to the sermon delivered at the occasion by fighting just causes in order to leave behind positive legacies for the unborn generations.

“A good fight must recognise that politics is over, and it is time for governance. A good fight must recognise when we live above party politics and think of the future generation,” he enthused.

Eulogising the late social crusader, Udom said: “We are gathered here today to bid farewell to a colossus, a giant among men who straddled the political, social and traditional space of this land with flash and dash.”

He said that the late Oku Ibom Ibibio 111 was “destined to be the loadstar that would eventually guide, direct and illuminate the path for thousands of people to find their purpose in life, and he did this, with utmost humility and a deep sense of community.”

“We have come here today to pay tribute to the last of that group of rare breed of men who dedicated their lives to public service, accepting in the process, the praise that is usually in short supply and the abuses that also come in torrents,” the Governor said.

Udom, in an emotional tone, eulogized Chief Ukpa as one who was in the vanguard for the struggle against oppression, colonialism, and other forms of rights abuse, dating back to 1957 when he served in the Eket County council as pioneer secretary and treasurer, and later Executive Chairman, Onna County Council, before proceeding to serve as Member, Eastern House of Chiefs, Enugu from 1960-1966.

He described the passage of Edidem Ukpa as a sad event, and urged his family, friends and admirers to be consoled only by his services to humanity, to his community, state and the nation.

He announced the renaming of the Onna Sports center as the Akwa Edidem Akpabio Udo Ukpa Sports Stadium, and promised to build a befitting sports centre to immortalise the late pace-setter in the wellbeing of the oil communities of the country.

Quoting Alphonse de Lamartine Governor Emmanuel who was flanked by his wife Martha opined that,  “Sometimes when one person is absent the whole world seems depopulated,” adding that, “our community, state and the nation is indeed depopulated by the passing of this towering and proud son of Onna, Akwa Ibom and the nation at large.”

Former governors of the state Arch. Victor Attah and Senator Godswill Akpabio described the late sage as a disciplined leader who was not involved in partisan politics but exuded positive influence on the polity of the state especially in the course of justice and equity.

Akwa Edidem (Dr.) Akpabio Udo Ukpa, JP, FCE, Pfd, the Oku Ibom Ibibio 111/ Paramount Ruler of Onna Local Government area was born on the 29th of June, 1923, in Ikot Edor and died at the age of 93.

Source News Express

Posted 08/04/2017 05:41:17 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Senator calls for legalising of corruption

Campus Mayhem: Soldiers arrest ringleader, 31 others

Suspension as CBN Governor: Jonathan floors Sanusi at...

Yuletide: Imo Transport Company maps out safety strategies...

Press vital for Nigeria’s survival: Okowa

2 kids, 3 others burnt to death in...

Why I want second term as Lagos Governor:...

Senators pitch tent with Saraki despite Supreme Court...

Herdsmen operating in Delta State now to carry...

MOPOL officer assaults Eko Electric disconnection team

Nigerian naval officers accused of involvement in piracy...

Court strikes out Obanikoro’s N100m suit against EFCC...

 

Latest News Kaduna recruits PhD holder as primary school teacher 2019: Okowa, Wike, Udom screened, cleared •Okowa predicts victory for PDP candidates Abia 2019: PDP clears Ikpeazu, hails sterling performance Vote buying: Police arrests 2 PDP agents with cash Osun Guber: Omisore cries foul, Aregbesola praises INEC Randy Catholic Bishop denied bail FRSC releases recruitment screening time-table 5th term: Banjo tasks Tinubu, Oshiomhole, others Looking for a job? Be careful about what you post on social media Buhari leaves for UNGA73 tomorrow China summons US Ambassador over military sanctions Skye: AMCON pumps N786bn into new Polaris Bank

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (395,687 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (376,354 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (308,025 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (250,336 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (231,996 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (221,496 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (199,782 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (181,431 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (165,468 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (163,259 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (158,002 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (146,775 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (63) Business & Economy (3,619) Business Verdict (52) Columnists (933) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (547) Features (652) Global Business Monitor (301) International (2,423) Interview (165) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (144) News (39,054) Opinion (1,110) Pidgin (11) Politics (6,688) Religion (871) Sports (1,699) Stock Watch (34) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

I am Imo State's New Governor -- Okorocha's son-in-law Uche Nwosu...

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement