The Village head of Ekpane Ukim group of villages, Eteidung Christopher O. Etim (KSM) has conferred, chieftaincy titles on deserving indigenes of the area to mark his formal reception/coronation.
Top on the list of conferees was the executive chairman of Uruan Local Government, Hon (Dr) Eventus Edem followed by Engr. Joseph O. Akpan, Rapael E. Sam, Sir James Ukpong, Engr. Michael E. Edem, Henry Nyong and knight Benedich Aruquo among others.
They were honoured because of their immense contributions toward the growth and development of the area.
The event which attracted indigenes both at home and in diaspora took place at Saint Thomas Primary School over the weekend under the chairmanship of Sir. James B. Effiong.
It also featured a N10.8m civic centre fund launch while traditional plays never witnessed in the area over a long time spiced the day.
First to speak was the council boss who thanked the benefactor of the day, Eteidung Christopher Etim for honouring him with a chieftaincy title of “Uko” Ekpene Ukim, apparently for his bold leadership initiatives.
But he had to mildly turn down this particular title because, according to him, since His Excellency Chief Godswill Akpabio was recently conferred with ‘UKO’ Akwa Ibom State, accepting it will appear as if I am competing with him.
Edem also promised to respect the prevailing zoning system in the area by indicating that contrary to speculation he would rather be gunning for a seat in the state House of Assembly than go back as the council helmsman in 2011.
He therefore appealed to politicians of the area to equally respect the zoning arrangement for peace to prevail as very little could be achieved in atmosphere of rancour and acrimony.
Other recipients who also spoke include Engr. Akpan, ‘Obom’ Ekpene Ukim, Rapael Sam, Obong Idorenyin, who advised that the money realised from the launching be judiciously used for the purpose it was meant.
They all expressed implicit confidence in the ability of the village head to rule the village successfully, adding that as a Christian he should make the Bible his best companion.
Expressing appreciation and loyalty to the village head for finding them worthy of the honour, they promised that the gesture will spur them to serve better.
The chairman of the occasion thanked the villagers for celebrating their village head whom he described as a man favoured by God.
He therefore urged the celebrant to reciprocate the love the people have for him by ruling them with the fear of God.
The chairman of the planning committee on his part, described him as a man of peace and great vision. He advised the indigenes to cooperate to make the work of the village head less cumbersome, especially as Ekpene Ukim was gradually assuming the status of a metropolis.
Eteidung Etim was elected in 2003 after he had been a deputy village head since 1984 while he got his certificate of confirmation in 2004.
Responding, he thanked his subjects for honour done him and solicited their support and cooperation.