By Osondu Ahirika
A cabinet member in Akwa Ibom State and the Honourable Commissioner for Works, Mr Ephraim Inyangeyen has Inaugurated 7 borehole water projects donated to communities in Oniong Clan of Onna Local Government Area to complement, what he observed as Governor Udom Emmanuel’s avowed rural and hinterland development drive.
Inyangeyen who made this known to newsmen on Saturday, September September 7,2019, when he handed over the seven (7) borehole water at different communities alongside generators to power them, incase of power outages, said, this was his bit of giving back to his immediate community as he has been doing elsewhere.
The benefitting communities are; Ikot Abasi, Akpabom and Okom. Others include: Edem Idim Ishiet, Ikot Akpatek and two locations at Ikot Ebiere; one for students of Community Secondary School, another one for Ikot Ebiere people.
Speaking to newsmen after the remarkable event, Mr Inyangeyen said, Governor Udom Emmanuel has done exceedingly well in his ambitious drive to develop and expand road and social infrastructure in rural as well as sub urban communities, and this effort needs the support of capable citizens and organizations as Government, according to him, cannot do everything.
His words, “I want it on record that, this gesture is my bit to complement and support the massive revolution in rural development undertaken by my boss and Governor of Akwa Ibom State , His Exellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel who has constructed good roads, provided state-of-the-art hospitals, renovated school blocks and other amenities and no government anywhere in the world can solve every problem by itself.”
The Works Commissioner who is a prominent indigene of Ikot Ebiere in Oniong Clan further explained that, he settled for the water projects because the streams, which hitherto served as primary source of water for the various villages are now polluted, adding that, he understands the excruciating pains the people had to go through to get water they can drink to assuage their thirst and for domestic use.
He charged the Community and youth leaders of the benefitting communities to care for the facilities, and donated the sum of one hundred thousand respectively, as initial seed money for the purchase of fuel to power the generators which he donated at each community.
Responding on behalf of the people, the Clan Head of Oniong and Village Head of Ikot Abasi, Onna, His Royal Highness, Etebom Barrister Clement Efik, commended Inyangeyen for remembering his people and bringing charity back home. Etebom Efik thanked Governor Emmanuel for identifying and appointing Ephraim Inyangeyen a Commissioner, maintaining that, he has emerged not only a reliable and efficient lieutenant of the governor but has demonstrated high sense of responsibility, integrity and leadership. He prayed God to bless the commissioner and replenish his knidness to his community, even as he charged privileged personalities to emulate his good example and positively impact on their communities.
On his part, Etteidung Samuel Akpan George, Village Head of Akpabom, lauded Mr Inyangeyen and described him as a worthy son who has not forgotten his roots because of the allure and trappings of power6, position and privilege. He expressed joy on behalf of the people and thanked the donor and Governor Emmanuel for the massive development strides recorded in the community under his watch.
Others who spoke to commend the Commissioner include, Chief Ufot Friday who represented the village head of Okom, Eteidung Boniface Usoro, Chief Ime Alfred who spoke for Ikot Ebiere , Etteidung Ezekiel Abia of Edem idim Ishiet, Representative of the village Head of ikot Akpatek, Akparawa Essien Thompson among others
Some dignitaries who accompanied Mr Inyangeyen to commission the projects include, former Transition Chairman of Mkpat Enin, Hon. Ubong Ekefre, former Chairman of Ini, Hon Etetim Awatim, former Chairman of Ikot Ekpene, Chief Ani Asikpo, former member representing Onna State Constituency, Hon Ini Ikot, former Senior Special Assistant to the Governor, Apostle Samuel Ekah and Eket Chapter Chairman of PDP, Mr Emman Mbong among many others.
At the various communities, jubilant youths and women were on hand singing and dancing to receive the Commissioner and his entourage. High point of the events was the symbolic drinking of the water to launch the boreholes and handover of the projects to community leaders by the donor.