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AKS  Gov Reaffirms  Partnership With Royal Fathers

...As Etebom  (Barr) Efik Crowned  Clan  Head Of  Oniong 

The Akwa Ibom  state governor, His Excellency  Udom  Gabriel Emmanuel has  reaffirmed  his administration commitment to partner with the royal fathers in the state to rewrite their narratives in glowing and sparkling colours in line with his second term completion agenda

...As Etebom  (Barr) Efik Crowned  Clan  Head Of  Oniong 

The Akwa Ibom  state governor, His Excellency  Udom  Gabriel Emmanuel has  reaffirmed  his administration commitment to partner with the royal fathers in the state to rewrite their narratives in glowing and sparkling colours in line with his second term completion agenda

The governor stated this in an address presented on his behalf by the Honourable Commissioner for Works, Akparawa Ephraim Inyang Eyen at the coronation ceremony of HRH Etebom (Barr) Samuel Johnson Efik as the Clan Head of Oniong in Onna Local Government  Area of Akwa Ibom state  held at the Akpabio Udo Ukpa Sports Stadium, Ikot Abasi  Oniong

The governor exalted the sterling qualities of Barr Efik which he noted, will benefit the Oniong Community and indeed the entire Onna Local Government Area

 “This great and inspiring qualities of yours contributed hugely in your selection as a clan  head. I have no doubt in my mind that the Oniong clan, a clan of solid and highly accomplished sons and daughters  of the larger Onna  local govt area will benefit immeasurably from your reign``  Gov Emmanuel further prayed  that peace, development and abiding sense of unity and concord will   continue to permeate the nooks and crannies of the clan and the whole LGA as according to him “the celebrant in a man of peace”.

The state  Chief Executive commended the Oniong clan  council for what he said was rancour free selection process that unanimously  picked Barr Efik as the clan head. Deacon Emmanuel  said he was hopeful that the same spirit of unity and oneness  will illuminate and define the celebrants reign and the manner he will engage his colleagues and  other members of his clan council.

The governor further counselled Barr Efik thus: “even if there have been objection to your emergence by any  individual or group, I urge you  to embrace everyone and let peace, unity and development  be the watch word of your reign”, he declared 

The governor made it clear that his administration holds the traditional institution in  very high esteem  and so will  give them every necessary  support to achieve set goal.

In  his welcome address, the chairman of the occasion and Paramount Ruler of Ikot Abasi   LGA,  HRM  Edidem Udo J. Ntuk Obom XII  said  he is overwhelmed over the coronation activities adding that  Barr Efik is eminently  qualified to occupied the throne going by his performance at the village level.

He used  the opportunities to appeal for support and encouragement for the benefit of all. He also thanked the State Chief  Executive for the support extended to the stool and the traditional institution  in general, reaffirming the support of his people to the state administration.

Earlier the Executive Chairman  of Onna Local Govt Area, Rt. Hon lmo Attat said history was being made on that day, appealing for the support of everyone to ensure that the dividend of democracy in amicably distributed to the grassroots.

Responding the celebrant, Etebom Barr. Efik   recalled that the race to the throne was quite turbulent and almost chaotic but that in the end God Almighty  spoke and determined the result.

 He said the administration of Gov Udom Emmanuel has ushered in a wind of change into  Akwa Ibom  State.

“The 'Dakkada  initiative'  has provided a much  needed tonic or catalytic effect  on the discerning minds of the peoples  of Akwa Ibom State”.

Barr.  Efik  made it known that the “House boy” mentality that pervaded the state and the inferiority complex that ruled the peoples psyche has become a thing of the past .

He further disclosed that the time has come when the states elite must complement the effort of government by stepping up the “Dakkada campaign” the people.

He maintained that the people must be enlightened to do away with some of their anachronistic  way of belief and practices , some of which he noted, they have held unto as tradition and custom, under the delusion that they have  been doing the bidding of the gods or ancestors.

Highlight of the event was the formal coronation of Etebom Barr. Samual  J. Efik as the clan head of  Oniong by the monarchs present led  by his Eminence,  Ntenyin Solomon Etuk (JP), Oku  lbom  lbibio,  Chairman Akwa Ibom Council of Chiefs, Paramount Ruler, Nsit Ubium  Local Govt Area.

Thereafter the Oniong Clan Head, Etebom Efik in his first assignment  conferred traditional chieftaincy titles to some qualified  persons who have contributed to the society. Various cultural  troupes performed at the event.