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Ibesikpo Asutan Transition Chairman Flags Off Food Security Programme

In line with the policy thrust of the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Umo Eno, the Chairman of the Transition Committee of Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area, Hon. (Mrs.) Akon Michael Asuquo has flagged off the food security programme in Ibesikpo Asutan.

The policy, an initiative of the Akwa Ibom State Government, is targeted at providing food to the most vulnerable people across local government areas in the state.

Speaking during the flag-off ceremony held at the Council Secretariat, Nung Udoe, Tuesday, April 2, 2024, the chairman expressed profound gratitude to the Governor for thinking about the most vulnerable in his administration.

Food security programme flagged off in Ibesikpo Asutan
Hon. (Mrs) Akon Michael Asuquo (right), Mr. Nsikan Linus Nkan, Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Finance (2nd right) and others at the event

She thanked the governor for the establishment of the Akwa Ibom State Bulk Purchasing Agency, stressing that from the numerous programmes so far implemented by the governor, his administration is truly grassroots-centred.

Speaking further, Mrs. Asuquo said that as a supporter of good initiatives, she will diligently follow and monitor to ensure that the directives of her boss, the Governor, are strictly carried out.

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Her words: “I’m here today in respect, honour and strict adherence to the directive of my boss, our leader, the golden gift of Akwa Ibom State, to do exactly as instructed to flag off the food security programme in our respective council areas.”

“The Governor aims to see that Akwa Ibom State people are well fed, most particularly the poorest of the poor in our communities.”

Ibesikpo food security programme

“We have to officially do the flag-off here at the council; I mean to declare it open, and we’ll also do it in two wards after now. Thereafter, it’ll be handled ward by ward, which will be strictly supervised by all the personal assistants to the governor in each of the wards across the local government areas.

“Vouchers that’ll be taken to the redemption centre will be issued to all of you whose names have been captured in the social register by your respective ward’s PAs. You see, for the government to give you food, it means you’re a government child, and your prayers all the time should be, “God bless our governor and his wife,” she stated.

After now, the programme will be carried out in each of the wards through the use of the social register under the supervision of the governor’s PAs.

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Speaking also at the flag-off ceremony, the Hon. Commissioner for Finance, Akwa Ibom State, Dr. Nsikan Linus Nkan appreciated Governor Eno, saying the gesture is not common in African politics and applauded him for the food security programme.

The Finance Commissioner, while eulogizing the council chairman’s leadership style, explained how all-important it is for him and other stakeholders of the local government area to join the Chairlady at the flag-off ceremony.

The erstwhile state chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the political leader of Ibesikpo Asutan and Uyo Federal Constituency, Hon. (Prince) Uwem Ita Etuk, said Governor Umo Eno has done exceptionally well in providing the food security programme.

Ibesikpo food security programme

Prince Etuk, while extolling the superlative performance of the governor, thanked him for taking the welfare of the vulnerable members of society as a priority.

“This has never happened, he means well for every Akwa Ibomite, just like others have enjoyed 8 years of tenure, I urge you all to support him to also do 8 years,” he added.

The high point of the event was the official presentation of the Staples Food Voucher to 10 persons picked from two wards of the area by the Transition Committee Chairman, Hon. (Mrs.) Akon Michael Asuquo, alongside the Hon. Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Nsikan Linus Nkan, the Vice Chairman, Hon. Edidiong Inyang, and the Transition Secretary, Hon. Elder Mfon Eka.

Meanwhile, the 10 selected persons from the two wards were duly guided and directed to one of the designated redemption centres closer to the council.

With the Transition Chairman, Hon. (Mrs) Akon Michael Asuquo to officially flag off the event at one of the designated redemption centres closer to the Council Secretariat included Prince Uwem Ita Etuk; Member representing Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency in AKHA, Pastor (Engr) Ubong Attah; Former Member of the House of Representatives, AkwaObong Unwana Emmanuel Obot; PA to the Governor representing Ibesikpo ward 3 and the Host redemption centre, Hon Kufre Ita Etuk.

The flag-off event also had in attendance women groups, female youths, members of the political class, and youths, among other dignitaries.

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