Political leaders, stakeholders, traditional rulers, youth groups, Elders, and women groups in Uyo Local Government area have expressed worry over the state government’s continues marginalization of Ikono Ibom Clan, in the development of the state and appointments into the state Executive Council.
This was made known during the 2016 Ikono Ibom day celebration held at the Comprehensive Secondary school, Ikot Ayan Ikono, Uyo, Monday.
The people who came under the aegis of Ikono Ibom Development Union, said that Ikono Ibom Clan which is part of Uyo local government area has since its creation been left out in the scheme of things in the state.
Addressing the people of Ikono Ibom clan at the occasion, the Member representing Uyo state constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Mr. Monday Eyo said, he is aware that Ikono Ibom is the most under developed clan in the whole of Uyo local government area, saying that arrangement has been concluded for the construction of some roads in the clan among other things.
The lawmaker promised to effect a balance in the sharing formula to carry Ikono clan along in the scheme of things in Uyo local government.
According to the National President of Ikono Ibom Development Union, Obong Ime Ekpo (JP), major villages in Ikono Ibom clan have not seen electricity supply since the creation of Akwa Ibom State.
He said the roads across the eighteen villages of the clan are in deplorable state, as no administration in the state ever thought of constructing the roads.
Obong Ekpo however, called on Governor Udom Emmanuel and Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to as a matter of urgency, commence the construction of Ikot Eboro – Nung Ukim Ikot Ayan – Ikot Ekpeyak Anan – Nung Asang road to give the people a sense of belonging. He also appealed to Governor Emmanuel to consider the appointment of Ikono Ibom sons and daughters as commissioner and special Adviser in the state EXCO.
In his address, the chairman of the occasion Engr. Bassey Nsentip said Ikono Ibom has been the leading clan in Uyo local government area in terms of its role in the socio – political development of Uyo. He mentioned that the clan which is the largest clan in Uyo in terms of land mass has obscure.
Engr. Nsentip called on the current Ikono Ibom Development Union executive and other well placed individual in the clan to re –invent themselves, recharge enough strength to be able to begin a mass driven renaissance in the Ikono Ibom psyche that can take them out of the present objectionable state of lethargy.
The chairman of the occasion also suggested various means the clans can come out of the present condition to include registering the clan union with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), as well as devising more creative ways to raise funds to run the organization. He lauded the Union bold steps, specifically for giving out scholarship to the vulnerable in the clan, which has gone a along way to reducing the level of illiteracy in the clan.
More so, the immediate past president of the Ikono Ibom Development Union, Dr. Effiong Ekarika also lamented that Ikono Ibom clan has been neglected by the various administration in the state. He advised the new executive of the union and other capable hands to see the clan first before their personal problem, in order to attract the state government’s attention to the clan.