Caution Youths Against Violence – Udom Tells Monarchs-Swears-In 29th Councils of Chiefs Chairman, Paramount Rulers

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The State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has urged traditional rulers in the State to caution their youths against taking laws into their hands even in the face of provocation, to avoid scaring away potential investors.
Making the call at the swearing in of His Royal Majesty, Edidem Dr. Ntoeng Udo Effiong Akpan (JP) as the 29th chairman of the State Council of Chiefs, Governor Udom said it was against the interest of the state to allow today’s youths to destroy the future of the new generation of youths.
He specifically charged the immediate past Chairman of the State Council of Chiefs, Edidem Effiong Archianga and his counterparts in other oil producing communities to caution youths in their communities as their actions tend to embarrass the state in the eyes of the international community.
The Governor thanked Edidem Archianga for the excellent working relationship he provided and urged him to support his successor.
“We thank you, you have really supported Government without any influence from anywhere right from your heart, we could really feel the love you have for Akwa Ibom State; we believe you will support the new chairman with the same zeal, passion and love”.Governor Udom, who also swore in new paramount rulers alongside the chairman of Council of Chiefs, said it was quite unprecedented to have seven new members sworn into the traditional rulers family at the same time.
He opined that the seven newly sworn in royal fathers will inject more vibrancy into the state’s traditional institution and pledged the readiness of his administration to always intervene and promptly intervene in issues involving traditional rulers.
“The State Government is always making sacrifices, we made sacrifices to support primary school teachers, Local Government Pensioners, same thing with chiefs. We will continue to make those sacrifices to support you people within the limits of available resources.”
He used the occasion to commend the traditional rulers for the honour on him at the Asan Ibibio describing the honour as a rare show of love which he appreciates.
Earlier in his welcome address, the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Udo Ekpenyong said the gathering was to witness the swearing in of the 29th state Chairman, Council of chiefs alongside the seven paramount rulers in the state.
He said the Governor is working assiduously to provide mobility and monthly security and vehicle allowance to royal fathers in the state.
He thanked the governor for the cordial relationship he has created between the traditional rulers and Akwa Ibom State government .
Presenting his valedictory speech, the immediate past chairman of Akwa Ibom state Council of chiefs, Owong Dr. Effiong Achanga thanked God for the grace to pilot the council from 2015 to 2017. He thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for extending his tenure from one year to two years, the gesture he said was the first of its kind.
Owong Achanga expressed appreciation to the Commissioner in the Chieftaincy ministry whom according to him had been so supportive throughout his reign.
He thanked the Governor for granting the approval for renovation of royal father’s palaces and other benefits, declaring the royal fathers’ support for the Governor beyond 2019.
He said the Governor has the sole right to choose who becomes the helmsman in the council, praying for the success of the newly sworn in state chairman.
In his inaugural address/acceptance speech, the new Chairman Edidem Ntoeng Effiong Akpan saw his emergence as a call to service and promised to ensure that peace and order are maintained in the interest of development.
Edidem Akpan commended the Governor saying, “the massive developmental strides in the state in the last two years under your able leadership have endeared you to the entire people of the state.”
He also thanked Governor Emmanuel for approving monthly security allowances to the royal fathers, granting approval for security vote, furniture allowances and renovation of their palaces, among other things.
Archianga who is the new chairman of Traditional Rulers of Oil Mineral Producing Communities of Nigeria(TROMPCON) also recounted other achievements during his tenure, attributing them to the active support of his colleagues and urged same support to the new chairman of the council.
Earlier the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Sir Udo Ekpenyong had presented seven paramount rulers for swearing in, to include Chief Harry Etetor of Eastern Obolo, Prof. Amanam Akpan Udo of Etim Ekpo, Edidem Clement Ekpenyong of Ibesikpo Asutan, Okuku Okon Udo Ukut of Ikot Ekpene, Ovong Edet Isemin of Mbo, Edidem Raymond Timothy Inyang of Onna and Offong Bassey Edet of Udung Uko.

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