In recognition of his contributions to the development of the State, the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom Assembly, Barr Onofiok Luke, has been blessed by traditional Rulers of Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area of the State.
The blessings were also given to the Speaker for his role in the re-election of the state Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel.
Led by the Paramount Ruler of Ibiono Ibom, Okuku Dr. Udo Usoro Inyang, the traditional fathers at the Assembly complex on Wednesday, May 15, also congratulated Barr Luke on his election into the National Assembly as Member-elect for Etinan Federal Constituency.
“Two things brought us here; Ibiono Ibom is excited over your sterling performance in the House of Assembly. You have impressed us and the state as a whole. God in his amazing grace, made it possible for you to emerge victorious in the House of Representatives election. The people of Ibiono Ibom asked us to say congratulations to you. We pray that wherever you go, success, favour and God’s abiding presence will continue to follow you”, Dr. Inyang said.
“You have not disappointed us. We came to congratulate you. As your grand-parents in Ibiono-Ibom, we say, whatever you lay your hands to do, may you see exploits and may you prosper. You’ll be elevated in the Green Chamber. May God shower his blessings on you in Jesus name” he prayed.
The royal fathers, in the course of their visit, requested for the recognition of some omitted villages in the area, and the creation of more clans in Ibiono Ibom.
In his response, the Speaker who is a grandson of Ibiono, expressed delight at the Royal Fathers’ visit. He thanked them for their prayers, noting that their good wishes were like a shield to him, while pledging not to disappoint his constituents and the people of Akwa Ibom when he resumes at the National Assembly.
“I am excited this morning by what I’ have seen today. For the Paramount Ruler to lead such a delegation of royal fathers from Ibiono Ibom where my mother hails from, to pay me a visit here in the House of Assembly is something I will never forget”.
The Speaker lauded the Paramount Ruler and Members of the Traditional Rulers Council in the area for the role they played in mobilizing their subjects to ensure the victory of Governor Udom Emmanuel and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at the polls. He assured that he will table their demands before the governor whom he described as a promise keeper.
“The votes you mobilized from your units, and villages contributed to the victory of Governor Udom Emmanuel. But even more, you have ensured peace and tranquility in your villages. So I want to thank you for the peace that the people are enjoying in your villages”.
Present during the courtesy call were the representative of Ibiono-Ibom State Constituency, Barr Ime Okon, Member representing Esit-Eket/Ibeno State Constituency, Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh; Etteidung Unwana Ekwo, Elder. Dr. Okon Antia, Obong Dr. Isaac Onos, Obong Jospeh J. Akpan, Etteidung Isang Okon Umoh and Etteidung Michael Charles Umanah.
Others were, Etteidung Michael Ekong, Obong Dr. Daniel Okon Essien, Etteidung Emmanuel Akra and others.