Due to the current
ravaging the world the
Itam annual day and get-together
celebration was low key. The
event which took place recently
at Itam civic centre site,
kilometre 8 along Uyo/Itu Highway, featured solemn assembly
tagged Redeemed for Dominion.
The event organised by Itam
Gospel Ministers' Forum in
conjunction with Itam Clan Traditional Rulers' Council featured
praise and worship songs ministrations, prayers, among others.
In his welcome remarks HRM
Etebom (Dr) Donald A Uboh,
the clan head of Itam, sued for
love as a panacea for peace and
unity, reiterating the fact that the
celebration does not witness the
usual fanfare coloration due to
the ravaging covid-19 world
pandemic, even as he urged the
people to maintain safety guidelines and protocols in order to
avoid the spread of the disease.
The Itam monarch maintained that the people should be
law-abiding in their daily conducts, and love one another in
order to bring about the much
desired growth and development
Itam is yearning for.
He specifically mentioned
the Itam civic centre project
which has suffered a serious setback in completion due to lack
of love and patriotic zeal among
The royal father, however,
solicited people support and
cooperation towards government at all levels particularly
Gov Udom Emmanuel's administration which has meant well
In the declaration of purpose
of the event Bishop Victor
Umehabasi, the chairman of the
planning committee said that if
is to seek God's face for Itam
land and her people to maintain
and sustain their status quo as
those destined to be on top.
Stressing that in order to do this
the Itam people must allow love
to be lost among themselves.
The man of God did not
mince words in adding that come
2023 the governorship position
of the state is destined for Itu
which Itam stands as the primary beneficiary, according to
Rev Joshua Cleopas in his
words of exhortation urged the
people of Itam to maintain high
level of righteousness, duelling
on the Biblical injunction that
"righteousness exalts a nation
while unrighteousness is a reproach.
He noted that Itam people
are born great, therefore, they
should maintain this status quo
by refraining from diabdical and
satanic tendencies. Besides,
they should exhibit high level of
love which would bring about
unity which in turn would engender peace, a veritable ingredient for progress in any given
Cleopas said that if only the
people of Itam would turn away
from satanic practices they
would be able to maintain dominion in all spheres of life, be
it political, economic, educational etc.
The prayer session featured
Rev. Paul Edet praying for the
stability of Itam land if only the
people would turn away from
Apostle Austrang Carage
prayed for the royal fathers, security agents and the church.
Rev. Bassey Ekanem prayed for
educational advancement of
While Rev Itoro Daniel
Dickson prayed for the political class and Bishop Victor
Umohanasi prayed for the state
governor and the local government chairman.
Also speaking HRM Edidem
Edet Akpan Inyang, the paramount ruler of Itu said that Itam
is the largest among the five
clans in Itu, that Itu has a treasure that would one day manifest at a given time. He reminded
the people that civilization
started in Itu, urging the people
to continue with the prayers
until the goal is achieved.
He however eulogized the Itam people for maintaining the
day and celebration for a decade
He, charged the youths to
maintain law and order in the
domain so as were progress
could be achieved.
According to Mr Godwin Ime
Etim, the chairman of the occasion, Itam as a part of Itu is strategically located geographically
with rich maritime coastline and
arable interland rich in abundant
human and material resources.
He pointed out that Itam is
one of the areas in the state that
could boast of a great number of
industrial firms dotting the entire landscape which is a great
blessing. He, however, regretted
that despite these abundant
blessings love is lost among the
Itam people particularly in recent times.
Etim's regret is built largely
on the clan civic centre project
which is in line with the United
Nations sustainable millennium
development goal agenda which
has suffered a serious set-back
over the years.
He pointed out that the
building project should not be
left in the hands of the traditional chiefs, but rather should
be the responsibility of the elite
which Itam could boast of.
He finally donated N5 million towards the building