Ikot Edong community in Nsit Atai Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom yesterday bubbled in ecstasy and wild jubilation following the breathing back of life to the area by Princess Blessing EdetOssom.
Princess Ossom who is the All Progressives Congress Standard bearer for Nsit Atai State Constituency is currently embarking on massive grading of deplorable roads in Nsit Atai.
By way of appreciating the aspirant’s efforts, natives of Ikot Edong, Ikot Edehe and Idiaba Road leading to Odot, Nsit Atai headquarters, lined up the road yesterday to thank Princess Ossom for coming to their rescue and as well pledged their unalloyed support for her to ensure that she emerges the “House of Assembly member for Nsit Atai”.
Speaking with reporters, natives of the area hissed a sigh of relief saying that after 16 years of suffering and neglect, God has finally sent a messiah their way.
The residents who took their turns to narrate their plight and difficulties transporting their farm produce to the market as well as linking other communities were full of praise for Princess Ossom, describing her as an emerging light in the area that must be treasured.
The natives who said they had written severally to the authorities for intervention but to no avail however expressed shock that a house of Assembly candidate who is not yet in government could do what successive governments could not do for the past 16 years.
“God has given us a messiah in Princess Blessing Edet Ossom. It is rather shocking and surprising to me that as an individual not yet in government , she has done what government could not do in 16 years.
“The deplorable state of this road dates back to when this area was called Ekpe Atai.
“So, since our Princess has taken it upon herself to open up this road again for us, I think the best way of rewarding her numerous humanitarian gestures to us as a people is sending her to the house of Assembly as an encouragement for her to do more”, Mr. Eteobong Ekanem, a native of the area stated.
Speaking further, Mr. Ekanem expressed happiness that Princess Ossom has promised to facilitate the construction of the said road if given the mandate.
He emphatically assured her that since she has shown unrivaled commitment and love for her people by using her personal resources to grade hitherto abandoned rural roads in the area, she should expect nothing less than block votes across all the units in Nsit Atai.
Also speaking, Mr.Unwana Bassey Orok an immediate past PDP Ward Chairman from Ikot Edehe described Princess Ossom as a lady that has the interest of her people at heart.
Mr.Orok noted that because Princess Ossom has chosen to be different, her various humanitarian gestures would speak for her at the polls.
Responding, Princess Ossom said, she was moved by the sufferings her people were going through to intervene in the area.
She said the intervention effort was targeted at boosting economic activities which she said had been badly grounded due to inability of farmers to get their farm produce to the market.
She added that she was seeking to represent her people in order to prove that government can work by attracting meaningful development to the area.
She also used the opportunity to thank her people for their support and promised never to let them down.