Having served the state and country meritoriously in different capacities during their service years, elderly citizens deserve recognition, prayers, love and support from every right thinking member of the society.
The Commissioner of Information, Sir Charles Udoh stated this over the weekend during the unveiling of the 2020 Historical Calendar of the Akwa Ibom Elderly Citizens Assembly, AKECA, held at the Governor’s Office Annex, Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo.
Sir Charles Udoh emphasized that with the impactful contributions of the elderly citizens both in the public and private sectors toward the development of Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria at large, every strata of the society particularly the youths should accord them deserving respect and care.
The State Spokesman congratulated the Elderly Citizens on the successful production and launch of their 2020 Historical Calendar which coincided with the 2020 New Year celebration of the Assembly and urged all to tap from the wisdom, experience, wise counseling and indelible imprints of the elderly which membership cuts across retired and former Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries, Bankers, Business men, Public Officers and Ex-service men among others.
Udoh, who was elated to see two centenarian members of the Assembly, Eteidung Okon Akpan Etok from Mbiabong Odung Etem in Ibiono Ibom LGA, aged 126 years and Chief Edet Akpan Utom of Obotim Ikot Ekong in Nsit Ibom LGA, aged 117 years, expressed thanks to God for keeping them alive in good health with strength and vigour and prayed God to keep him and all present at the occasion to such ripe ages too.
Himself an Eminent Citizen of Akwa Ibom State, Sir Udoh congratulated the newly inducted Eminent Citizens into the Elderly Citizens Assembly and pledged the support of Ministry of Information to the publicity needs of the Assembly whenever the need arises.
In his address, the National President of Akwa Ibom Elderly Citizens Assembly, Obong Ememobong Essien JP, intimated that the Assembly which has been in existence in the state for over 5 years now expressed with gratitude that, the group has so far enjoyed support from government and the public and solicited more care for the elderly in our midst.
Emphasizing that, it is the wish of everybody not to die young but grow to a ripe age, Obong Ememobong Essien said old age is a blessing to God and urged members of the society to avoid calamity by not neglecting, abusing and disgracing the elderly citizens.
He implored all to provide medical service, decent accommodation, healthy feeding and clean environment for the elderly to receive God’s blessings while also tapping from their experience, wisdom and counseling.
Highlights of the event were rendering of a welcome song by members of the Elderly Citizens Assembly, launching of the 2020 Calendar, Cutting of the New Year Cake supervised by the Commissioner and blessing of the Commissioner of Information, Sir Charles Udoh by the 2 centenarian members of the Assembly.
Present at the event were, a Special Assistant to the Governor on Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, SMEs, Princess Janet Amba, a former Commissioner of Information, Deaconess Christie Obot, a former State Accountant-General, Mr. Umanaette Udoh and the Director Public Relations in Ministry of Information, Mrs. Grace Akpan.