It was a solemn moment with grief in the hearts of sympathizers witnessing the departure unto eternal glory of a party chieftain, when the Executive Chairman of Ikono, Akparawa Itoro Columba, led members of his cabinet and legislature, to sympathise with the family of Late Hon. Oliver Nyong Udoh.

The condolence visit which held today at his residence, Atan Ikot Abia Idem in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area, witnessed political stalwarts and friends who turned out in numbers, to bid farewell to an illustrious son who had remained committed in the course of sustainable peace during his days.

Addressing the bereaved family, the Chairman of Ikono, Hon. Itoro Columba, said that the entire council has come to commisserate with the family of a man who had served the council as an elected LG chairman some 28 years ago.

The chairman said though in 1991, his tenure was very brief, but Mr Oliver left indelible footprint in the sand of history which can never be erased from record. He described him as a pillar of the family who will forever remain an illustrious son of Ikono in the minds of many.

Encouraging the children, the council boss hinted, that life is a mystery which no one knows when it will knock. He charged the children to surpass the achievements of their father by sustaining the family bond and upholding tenets of good record for the coming generation to enjoy.

The media entrepreneur said, nobody is sophisticated enough to prevent death when it will come, because such idea is limited within the knowledge of mere men on earth, therefore advised them to take solace on the fact that their father once lived a memorable life.

He further enthused that the deceased had equally experienced life up to biblical benchmark of seventy years,

Responding on behalf of the family, the deceased wife who has been a staff of the council and retired nurse, Mrs Grace Oliver Udoh, appreciated the council members for showing love to her family, sounding that her husband had been a peaceful man whilst living on earth.

A member of the family, Pastor Idongesit Nyong who described his uncle as a man of substance, hinted that the late Uncle laboured conscientiously in keeping the family dynasty.

Others who also spoke during the visit included ward 9 councillor, Hon. Ekpema Mbaba, Ward 7 councillor, Hon. Akwaowo Inyang, Leader of Ikono legislative council, Hon. Samuel Udo, Head of Service, Otuekong Usoro, Special Adviser on Political and Legislative Matters, Nsobom Ndifreke Itam.

They all extolled excellent virtues of the departed legend, lauding that he was a Noble native of Ikono while in the village.

Highlights were signing of condolence register, Prayer for the children, Presentation of envelope to support the burial arrangement and Presentation of condolence message from the council.

The burial obsequies holds tomorrow, Friday 14th June, 2019, at his home town, Osuk Ediene, Ward 9, Ikono Local Government Area.

Until his dead, Late Mr. Udoh was a traditional title holder, bestowed as ObongEmem of Ediene clan and ObongUnwana in Ikono.

Late Chief Udoh died due to brief illness at age 70, left behind five children who are professionals in their different marketable fields, plus host of other relatives to mourn him.

Present at the condolence visit included the Council Secretary, ObongAnwan Ofon Michael Akpan, Ward 1 Councillor, Hon. Daniel Okuigbo, Ward 2 councillor, Hon. Unwana Ntuen, Ward 3 Councolor, Hon. Asuquo Udoudo, Ward 10 Councillor, Hon. Sylvanus Inyang, Ward 6 councillor, Hon. Anwanga-Abasi Udofia, Ward 5 Councillor, Hon. Ndifreke Ukpong,

Also had the Supervisor for Agriculture, Ukai Samuel Inyang, Special Adviser on intergovernmental Affairs, Engr. John Usanga, Supervisor for Works and Transport, Hon. John Bassey, Chief of Staff to the Chairman, Hon. Ernest Bassey and other Aides.



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