25th Anniversary: Ati Annang Foundation Inducts 50 Indigenes Into Hall Of Fame
Ati Annang Foundation, a foremost socio-cultural organization, at the weekend made history during its 25th anniversary/international convention grand finale, as 50 illustrious sons and daughters of Annang nation were inducted into the hall of fame, alongside 10 associate members, while nine members got award of honours.
Gov Udom Emmanuel, who was the special guest of honour at the event which took place at Ati Annang secretariat, Cardinal Ekanem Avenue, Ikot Ekpene, implored the leadership of the organization to join in the crusade of tackling the scourge of drug abuse and cultism among youths which stares in the face of the society. The event had as its theme: Annang Nation: Building Our Future Together.
Emmanuel who underscored the role of effective parenting, called on parents to live up to their responsibilities, saying, "Drug abuse has destroyed our children. Parents, teachers and the church have a role to play to mentor the kids to know that their future lies before them".
He decried the rate of cultism which he pointed out has been introduced to primary schools, stressing that such activity should be discouraged, adding that it has mutilated the future of our youths.
Emmanuel advised beneficiaries of Ati Annang Foundation scholarship in primary and secondary levels to prove their mettle with outstanding academic excellence, calling on Ati Annang to supervise their performance, mandating them to withdraw sponsorship of any child who flounders, "let them note that it is scholarship, they must defend it with good grades, good conduct and discipline that will also encourage Ati Annang to do a lot more."
The governor scored Ati Annang high for a well-coordinated event and commend them for recognizing and celebrating the contributions of Annang indigenes inducted into the hall of fame for outstanding performance in the development of the state, as he unveiled the Hall of Fame.
He maintained that other socio-cultural groups should emulate Ati Annang while donating N15 million to support the body.
The international president of Ati Annang, Sir Udo Kierian Akpan, thanked the governor for honouring Annang nation during its silver jubilee celebration. He thanked God for making Ati Annang a strong and vibrant organization.
Akpan maintained that Ati Annang has been working hand-in-gloves with other socio-cultural organizations such as Afe Annang and others to support the government, and thanked members in diaspora and all others for attending the event.
The president announced that Ati Annang Foundation under its scholarship programme this year, has awarded 200 students in tertiary institutions scholarship with the sum of N50,000 each. Also included are the backpack project, career guidance and counselling project, football project and wellness project, to further contribute to the lofty programmes of the governor.
The chairman on the occasion, Mr Paul Usoro, SAN, thanked all members of Ati Annang for contributing to the success of the week-long event which showcased the rich cultural heritage of Annang nation and the contributions and accomplishments of Annang people in the state.
The event was witnessed by top government functionaries, Ati Annang members in the diaspora and all over Nigeria. To thrill the audience was the mercurial minstrel, Dr Uko Akpan cultural group.