Governor Udom Emmanuel has advised royal fathers in the state to maintain peace and security among community members for the good of Akwa Ibom people.
He noted that the purpose of having royal fathers as agents of governance was to ensure an effective moral guidance to the community to reduce criminal activities and violence, which could disrupt peace and tranquillity in society.
Udom Emmanuel was speaking Monday at the Royal Chambers of Akwa Ibom State Traditional Rulers Council, Willington Bassey Way Uyo, while addressing newly certified clan heads in the state.
Maintaining that the event conforms with the provisions of Section 15 of the Traditional Rulers Laws, Cap 134, Laws of Akwa Ibom State, 2000; Governor Udom Emmanuel charged them to be committed in the discharge of their duties.
Speaking through the Commissioner, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Udo Ekpenyong, the Governor noted that “before now, Paramount Rulers were killed, people were kidnapped for ransom, but today, we have a man of peace governing the state. We want to maintain this peace. As you come on board, maintain peace in your domains. Work with Paramount Rulers to ensure there’s peace in your domains. Support the government of the day and do justice to all.”
In his remarks, the Paramount Ruler of Onna Local Government Area, Edidem Raymond Timothy Inyang, said he was happy about the increasing number of Clan Heads in the state, adding that it is pointing at the possibility of one in every village.
The Onna monarch, while praying God to give the new Clan Heads the strength to carry out the duties conferred on them by their new status, noted that it takes hard work for a community to be given a Clan Head.
Responding on behalf of the Clan Heads, Etubom Samuel Efik of Oniong, described the occasion as a great one, adding that it has been a fruitful race. He stressed that they are not agents of the government, but part of it government and that their duty is to support the government and ensure it succeeds.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Works, Akparawa Ephraim Inyang-Enyen, expressed delight over the recognition of Etubom Samuel Johnson Efik as Clan Head of Oniong.
He stressed that after the exit of the former Clan Head, Late Edidem Akpabio Udo Ukpa; Oniong Clan was left without a Head and that with the recognition of Etubom Efik, he is proud to have a traditional father who is a practicing legal personnel.
Those honoured with Certificates of Recognition were: H.H Etubom Maxwell Benjamin Umoren, Clan Head of Asuna Nung Oku, Onna LGA; H.H, Etubom Samuel Johnson Efik, Clan Head, Oniong in Onna LGA; and Etubom Moses Udosen Clan Head, Ikpa Ibom Clan, Mkpat Enin LGA.
Others are: Otuekong Peter Jerome Effiong – Clan Head of Northern Uruan Clan, Uruan LGA and Chief Udoette Edon – Clan Head of Nkari Clan in Ini LGA