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Oku Ibom Ibibio Says Royal Fathers Will Support Federal And State Gov’ts To Better The Lots Of Nigerians

...Applauds Gov Umo Eno For Adopting Inclusiveness In Governance

Oku Ibom Ibibio and President General of Akwa Ibom State Traditional Rulers Council, His Eminence, Ntenyin (Dr.) Solomon Daniel Etuk, CFR has said that traditional rulers are poised to support both the Federal and State Governments to improve the economy and better the lots of Nigerians.

Ntenyin Etuk, speaking on the heels of a courtesy visit by the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN) to the President of the 10th Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, CON, and its Principal Officers in Abuja on Monday, said the meeting demonstrated their quest for strategic partnership with the new Senate leadership.

His Eminence, Ntenyin (Dr.) Solomon Etuk, CFR

According to the A’Ibom premier royal father, the visit by NCTRN, led by the Etsu Nupe of Niger State, HRH, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, also allowed them to table the need to back up the key roles of traditional rulers with specific legislation as means to also enhance nation building right from the grassroots levels which they oversee.

“It is customary of us as a body of eminent royal fathers across the country to interface with the country’s leadership, whenever there is a new government.

“The courtesy call was very warm and insightful. We congratulated Senator Godswill Akpabio, former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, for his emergence as the Senate President of the 10th Senate and all the Principal Officers.

“We renewed our genuine request for legislation to be put in place to give backing to the critical roles played by traditional rulers in the country. We are the closest to the people at the grassroots. We live with our people which allows us to know the challenges of the communities and how to remedy them.

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“As traditional rulers, our cooperation with the government at all tiers; the local government, State government and Federal Government are therefore very important for peace, unity and security to prevail for desirable development to take place. We will support the new administrations at the state and federal levels so that our people will feel the impact of government as expected,” he explained.

A cross-section of traditional rulers

The Oku Ibom Ibibio said Senator Godswill Akpabio was very happy with the delegation and that he, as his royal father, was part of the visit and expressed the readiness of the Senate to pay reasonable attention to their requests on the need to strengthen the roles of traditional rulers through the enactment of appropriate legislation.

“The visit to the Senate President was evocative. It was quite a fraternal setting. Senator Akpabio was very happy to receive the royal fathers and readily expressed his happiness to see me also being the Oku Ibom Ibibio and President General of Akwa Ibom State Traditional Rulers Council,” he quipped.

In another development, Ntenyin Solomon Etuk has given the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Umo Eno a pat on the back for adopting inclusiveness in his governance by reaching out to people across party lines.

“This is a very good development. He has shown that politics is over and has opened up his arms to embrace all, irrespective of political affiliations. This is very laudable and I urge politicians in Akwa Ibom State to embrace this laudable gesture by Governor Umo Eno and join hands with him in building a virile polity.

“My dear Akwa Ibomites, I urge all of you not to sit on the fence. Governor Umo Bassey Eno’s peace-driven administration for economic prosperity is still boarding. It is waiting for peace-loving sons and daughters at home and in the diaspora to come on board for a united and prosperous Akwa Ibom State.

“Let me say that there’s no more party politicking, but time to unite and build a new Akwa Ibom State. Let peace prevail,” he stressed.

He further noted that the launch of Ibom Dialogue by Governor Umo Eno to create an open forum for stakeholders across all fields to dissect the ARISE Agenda of his administration for proper implementation was very commendable as it will usher in the anticipated development.

“The Governor has exhibited humility in governance with a clarion call for all to join hands in proffering solutions on the key areas of development of the State’s economy.

“The policies of government can only be well implemented if we give maximum cooperation.

“I want to therefore call on our politicians to sheath the sword and support the administration of Governor Umo Bassey Eno,” he advised.

The premier royal father further stressed the need for the Government at all tiers to involve traditional rulers in policy implementations concerning agricultural schemes and rural developments since they are better placed to offer usual inputs in the survival and protection of such projects.

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