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Saturday, November 13, 2021


... As Frank Archibong, Akan Tommey, David Lawrence Ors bag Chieftaincy titles of MKPISONG Eket.

By Mfon Bassey

It was thrills and glitz as the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmauel yesterday Friday 12th November, 2021, joined other dignitaries during the birthday celebration in honour of Chief E. C. D. Abia, FCA, Paramount Ruler of Eket.

The State Governor during his remarks described the monarch as a honest, diligent and hard-working leader who is always committed to community development and the growth of the traditional institution.

Governor Emmauel lauded the Royal father's initiative of using the special event to honour some illustrious sons of Ekid extraction with the prestigious title of Mkpisong Ekid, stressing that at a stage in one's life such recognition of their trail in life outweighs material benefits and congratulated the recipients.

He expressed appreciation for the tremendous support from his people in Eket Federal Constituency and urged the elders and stakeholders to do their best to maintain peace so as to draw more positive developments to the area 

The epoch making  occasion witnessed the presentation of award of honour, MKPISONG Eket 1 to  Rt. Hon. Frank Archibong, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and other notable recipients by the Paramount Ruler of Eket, HRM Obong E. C. D. Abia. 

The Award of Honour was in recognition of the Commissioner's  selfless, community based development, mentorship and exemplary leadership style.

In his remarks, Frank Archibong thanked the monarch for finding him worthy of the award of honour and promised to do more towards the support and growth of his community and Akwa Ibom State at large.

The Local Government and Chieftaincy boss described the patriarch as an astute administrator, who has brought in his wealth of experience to bare in the leadership of the traditional institution across the state.

" You are a man of honour who is always known for your wise counsel, I am a beneficiary of your numerous advice geared towards the growth and development of Ekid Nation", Frank Archibong stated.

Expatiating on the honour bestowed on the awardees, the Attah Ekid Afid, said the title, Mkpisong, literally means pillar of progress and leading light in the community and establishes a class of leaders proudly recognized and honoured for leading roles in the affairs of Eket people and Akwa Ibom State.

 Obong E. C. D. Abia expressed great joy and satisfaction for the overwhelming support received from individuals and corporate organizations during his 85th birthday celebration, he prayed God to continually bless and uplift them in all their endeavors.

High point of the occasion was the cutting of birthday cake, conferment of awards/recognitions, goodwill messages, music interlude, toast and presentations by cultural groups and comedians.

Also honoured with the title of MKPISONG Eket were; Rt Hon Akaniyene Tommey Ikott, Executive Chairman, Eket LGA, Rt. Hon. David Lawrence, Member Eket State Constituency, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Akparawa Ephraim Inyangeyen, Chief of staff to the Governor, Pastor Umo Bassey Eno, Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources, Chief Scott Tommey, CEO, Osmoserve Global Limited, Barrister Akpadiaha Ebitu, PDP State Legal Adviser, Rtd Brig Gen Anthony Etukudo, former Director General, Standard Organization of Nigeria, Rt. Hon. Iniobong Robson, Barrister Bassey Dan Abia Jnr, Chief C. H. Isong, Prof Ettie Ben Akpan, Dr Nsidibe Akata, SA to the Governor, Pastor Umoh Bassey, Honourary Special Adviser to the Governor, Dr Samuel Udonsek,  Prof Desmond Wilson, Chief Assam Usoro, Rtd Rear Admiral Francis Akpan, Chief Barrister Assam Assam, SAN, Hon. Ekanem Willie and Chief Nsudo Nsudo for their pragmatic leadership style and community developments.

 Notable dignitaries that graced the occasion were; Mr Moses Ekpo, Deputy Governor, AKS, Dr Emmanuel Ekereuwem, Secretary to the State Government,  Senator Ojudu, Representative of the Vice President, Her Excellency, Wife of the Paramount Ruler, AkwaObonganwan  Mandu C Abia, Senator Helen Esuene, Senator Effiong Bob, Rt Hon Patrick Ifon, member Representing, Eket, Onna, Esit Eket and Ibeno federal Constituency, Rt. Hon.Okpolupm Ette, Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Ini Adiakpan, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Obongiwaad Emmanuel Mbong, PDP Chapter Chairman, Dr Akpasam Umoetuk, Elder Paul Bassey, SSA to the Governor on sports / Chairman Akwa United, Elder Nse Atang and other notable personalities who came in their numbers to celebrate a father and patriach.

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