Invest In Education To Reclaim Your Influential Political, Economic Status – Udom Inoyo Tells Oro Nation
Collective investment in quality education has been recommended to people of Oro ethnic nationality in Akwa Ibom State by former Vice Chairman of ExxonMobil Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Udom Inoyo, as the quickest way to recovering their political viability and economic strength.
Delivering a keynote address at the N50 Million Scholarship Fund Raising ceremony organised by the Lagos branch of Oron Union in Lagos, Saturday, the Advisor, Inoyo Toro Foundation recalled that Oro people were once renowned for their academic excellence, as the area which has produced several eminent professors and constituted a “thriving business empire and political behemoth.”
In his words, Udom said, “Following my long history with the people of Oro, I must confess that the Oro nation of today is not the one that I knew when I was growing up. Beyond sharing the same boundary with my clan (Ubium and Oyubia), as a teenager, I enjoyed spending holidays with some friends in Oron. In the late 1970s at the University of Calabar, we were captivated by the number of renowned professors from Oron, such as Professors Essang, Enyenihi, Uya, and Eskor Toyo.
“I also had schoolmates who exhibited exceptional brilliance. Growing up in Calabar in the 1980s, we saw houses that were unlike others, with one having Sir Edet Amana’s signature (Desam House), just as the first private estate, Sacramento, owned by Senator Victor Akan, was a paradise,” he narrated.
Congratulating the leadership of the Union on the occasion while harping on the roles of a socio-cultural union in developing human capital through scholarships, Mr. Inoyo however insisted that the Oro people have the inherent capacity to quickly reclaim their status by returning to what he described as ‘the basics’.
“You must return to the values of your founding fathers; Chiefs Ekpu Edubio Odoro, Anwana Osin Anwana (John Anwana Esin) and Okon Eyokunyi Isong. You must get your people to re-order their priorities, including massively investing in the education of their children and wards. You must be a shining light in building a culture that promotes respect for hard work, diligence, and integrity. And the time to do so is now,” he remarked.
Furthermore, the retired oil worker empathized his time-honored passion for the advancement of the Akwa Ibom educational sector, highlighting some efforts made through the Inoyo Toro Foundation since inception in 2007.
“Ten years ago, the Foundation partnered with Keystone Bank to set up a comprehensive Information & Communications Technology (ICT) centre in four secondary schools across the three (3) Senatorial Districts in the State, to encourage learning of Information Technology.
“This Project, among other things, provided for a fully equipped Internet-ready computer lab with a projector, a 27 KVA standby generator, a British Curriculum, and a privately employed Curriculum Coordinator to effectively coordinate studies across the four schools. Over One Hundred Million Naira of private funds went into this intervention,” Mr. Inoyo said.
“Methodist Boys’ High School, Oron, Cornelia Connelly College, Uyo, Independence High School, Ukana East in Essien Udim, and Salvation Army Secondary School, Akai Ubium benefitted from this program. We wish there were similar interventions at that time which could have significantly helped our children, especially at this time when the Covid-19 pandemic has altered the mode of learning. Remember, this is the 21st century which is driven by technology,” he continued.
Chaired by Executive Officer, Marine Network Ltd., Mr. Offong Ambah, the event had other guests in attendance, including General Manager, Marine Logistics, NNPC, Chief Asuquo Inuikim Obon, Former National Vice Chairman, PDP, Chief Engr. Edet Mkpubre, former President, Oron Union (Lagos Branch), Barr. Abang Mkpandiok and a host of others.