People of the new Ward 8 in Uyo Local Government Area, comprising Offot 2, and 5 other villages have appointed the State Information Commissioner, Sir Charles Udoh, their Political Leader.
The appointment came on Friday, July 31, when the Ward converged to have its first meeting as a newly created Ward.
Following a motion moved by the former Councilor of the defunct Ward 6, Mr. Solomon Tom, and seconded by a member of the Ward, Mr. James Godwin Okon, the Commissioner appreciated them for deeming him fit for the responsibility.
Sir Udoh who charged them on the need for love, peace and unity, explained that the dividends the dividends of democracy will only come to the Ward when there is a united front.
“When there is unity, when people embrace togetherness and harmony, eschew bitterness, gossips and hatred for one another, as well as grow in love, the world would grow in unity and more benefits”, he charged.
He further appreciated the pillars of the defunct Ward 6; the likes of Enobong Uwah, Ime Uwah and others for their roles in maintaining peace and love in the Ward over the years, while canvassing for more of it in the newly created ward.
Reiterating on the need for unity, Sir Udoh expressed that peaceful coexistence should cut across the entire LGA. This, he said, would make it easy to achieve more, secure more opportunities and positions in authority, and be known in good light.
“When people are known for causing trouble and quarrelling, it closes their doors of favour and grace from outsiders and those that matter”, he stressed.
Also Speaking, the Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Media, Rev. Richard Peters, towed the line of the Information Boss in urging the Ward to be in unity. He remarked that the creation of the Ward was for development and not for purposes of a change of name, adding that it is to afford people the opportunity to hold leadership positions and bring their God-given talents and experiences to bear.
In their separate responses, members of the Ward appreciated the State Governor on his peaceful disposition towards leadership. They noted that his choice of those working with him indicates his understanding of the true definition of leadership.
Describing the Governor’s foot soldiers as those with proven integrity and stamina, they referred to the Commissioner of Information as one who fits into the definition of a leader. They recounted several interventions and times the Commissioner has portrayed unifying acts in the previous Ward, and expressed optimism that he would continue in his deeds in the new Ward.