Itu Stakeholders Call For Unity, Peace, Urge FG To Fix Calabar-Itu Highway
Political stakeholders in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have identified the promotion of peace as a prerequisite for integration, unity, sustainable development and social progress.
This was contained in the resolution reached on Saturday, during the convergence of eminent citizens from the area; under the auspices of Itu Leaders Forum, at the main hall of the Local Government’s Secretariat, Mbak-Atai.
The forum, whose aims include forging a common front to achieve the unified goals of the Local Government, congratulated the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Gabriel Emmanuel on his victory at the polls and subsequent swearing-in for a second term in office, expressing gratitude to him for spreading the tentacles of the ongoing industrialization drive to Itu Local Government Area.
They particularly hailed the commencement of construction work at the T-junction, Mary Slessor Hospital Road and approval for the construction of Enen Atai – Ikot Anie – Ema Itam- Ekit Itam Road.
The forum also urged the state governor to impress upon the Federal Government to fix the near impassable Calabar - Itu Road which has become a travellers’ nightmare.
“We express confidence in our elected representatives namely: Dr Henry Archibong, Member representing Itu/Ibiono Federal Constituency, Mr KufreAbasi Edidem, representing Itu State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Barr Etetim Onuk, Executive Chairman Itu Local Government Council and his Executive Council, as well as the Leader and Honourable members of Itu Legislative Council.
“Similarly, we acknowledge and appreciate the leadership prowess, fatherly role and guidance of our political leader, Distinguished Senator Anietie Okon, the Lion of Niger Delta, who has continuously worked towards the growth of Itu,” they stated.
The Forum hereby passes an absolute vote of confidence on all of them the group said.
While applauding Governor Udom Emmanuel for appointing citizens of Itu Local Government Area including; Mr Akan Okon, Mr Gabriel Ukpe, Mr Raphael Edem (KSM), Mr Bassey Archibong, Mrs Elsie Esara, Mr Charles Ndanyongmong and others to serve the state in different capacities, they also express confidence in their capacity to deliver in their respective assignments.
The group also called on all aggrieved persons, in the area to embrace peace in order to foster cohesion and development devoid of suspicion, hatred, acrimony, and tension among political actors in the Local Government and appealed to the State Government to take urgent steps to restore peace in the conflict ravaged communities of Oku Iboku and its environs, soliciting for the introduction of regular Marines patrols by security agencies.
The Member representing Itu/Ibiono Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Dr. Henry Archibong, in his address, assured his constituents of effective representation, urging that as elections have come and gone, it was time to join hands and build the society instead of dwelling in the past. He thanked the people for re-electing him for a second term in office.
Mr KufreAbasi Edidem, who represents Itu State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly said he came to express gratitude for the opportunity to serve and called for renewed bond and unity amongst the people. He added that in the years to come their unified efforts would yield fruits.
An elder statesman and political Leader of Itu Local Government Area; Senator Anietie Okon lauded the initiative to organize the summit and advised all to follow the footsteps of the forebears, who enshrined the tenets of love, unity and compassion for one another.
He said it was necessary to work closely together to ensure that Itu is not left out in the scheme of things and warned against spreading falsehood capable of sowing seeds of discord.
The Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Affairs, Mr Raphael Edem said peace building required cooperation and selfless service and called for sustained unity as the only way to achieve more.
Dr Ekaette Okon and others also corroborated this position and advised all to respect constituted authorities.