…As Council Boss Charges Community Leaders On Transparency In Sharing.

In line with the State Government measures to cushion the effects of the lockdown occasioned by the Corona Virus Pandemic, the Chairman of Ikono Local Government Council, Hon Itoro Columba, has led other members of the Local Government Palliatives Disbursement Committee to distribute edible items to the 149 villages in Ikono.

Making the presentation of the consumables to Village Heads, Village Youth Presidents, Village Chairmen and Village Women Leaders from the 149 villages of the area, Mr Columba, flanked by other members of the Committee, noted that the gesture of the State Chief Executive was in accordance with his readiness to ensure that the people do not go hungry while the lockdown lasts.

The committee chairman advised all community leaders to ensure that the disbursed materials reach the downtrodden in all the communities, while pledging to monitor the sharing formula to obtain expected results. He told the locals that it was the wisdom of the Governor that the process should not be politicised, hence the use of the four village representatives for the disbursement.

According to him, “With the mandate of the State Governor who is the father of Akwa Ibom State, Deacon Udom Emmanuel, the 9-member committee were sent by the State to deliver the palliatives materials to cushion hunger effect of the stay-at-home directives”.

“Recall that just last week, our House Member and I personally distributed edible items to all the 149 villages through the 11wards in the area. That particular distribution method defied all party lines with the modalities decided by the villagers. Whereas that approach was successful, we’ve elected to apply it in this process”.

“We are apportioning the total quantities of rice, beans, flour and garri we received from His Excellency to the 149 villages. We choose to split the distribution points into 3 to make for ease of accessibility to the people “.

“Take delivery of what belongs to your community, go back home, agree on a date to mobilize all your natives to your Village Council hall, devise a transparent sharing formula and share the palliatives across your villages”, Mr Columba advised.

Also speaking at the Ikono South venue, Hon Asuquo Nnana charged the leaders to show transparency in the distribution process as a way of reciprocating the Governor’s magnanimity. In his speech at the Ikono Middle centre, Sir Victor Etefia sued for probity and patriotism on the part of the community leaders.

Natives of Ikono from Ediene Itak took delivery of their items at the Itak Clan Clan Head’s Palace, Civic Cente, Ukpom was the venue for Ikono South while Ikono Middle people converged on Council Headquarters, Ibiaku Ntok Okpo.

On hand to receive the palliatives on behalf of Ikono Middle which comprises 37 villages, was His Royal Majesty, the Paramount Ruler of Ikono, Edidem Nyong Obop, represented by the coordinator of Mboho Mme Eteidung, Chief Isong Obot Akpaquat.

At Ediene-Itak comprising 39 villages, Nsobom Etim Nnana Itang responded on their behalf, while his counterpart from Ndiya, Nsobom Godswill Udoisang spoke on behalf of Ikono South which had 73 villages respectively.

The highly elated traditional leaders in their separate responses, applauded His Excellency the Governor of the State, Deacon Udom Emmanuel for fixing precautionary measures to forestall the spread of the global pandemic and the prompt succour released to alleviate the sufferings that indigenes of the State are subjected to face.

They expressed satisfaction with the transparency and patriotism exhibited by the Commttee members as well as on the quantity of supply made and prayed God to bountifully reward the State Governor for his timely intervention and warmest magnanimity, while promising to distribute the items as instructed by the disbursement committee.

The 9-member of Ikono Palliative Distribution Committee included the Ikono Council Boss, Hon. Itoro Columba as Chairman, the Paramount Ruler of Ikono, HRM Edidem Nyong U. Obop; the member, Ikono State Constituency, Hon. Asuquo Nana Udo; Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) representative, Mr Fred Obot; Representative of College of Personal Aides (COPA), Sir Victor Etefia.

Others were the representatives of women; Comfort Etuk and Imo Dereks; CAN Coordinator, Rev. Ntia Eshiet; Chairman Youth Council, Comrade Idaraobong Umoren.

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