Emmanuel tasks monarchs on selection of representatives
As activities to mark the 32nd anniversary of the creation of Akwa Ibom State gather momentum, Governor Udom Emmanuel has charged traditional rulers to always support people who are capable of representing the state well at all levels
He gave the charge yesterday while performing the swearing-in ceremony at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Uyo, while acknowledging the contributions of the royal fathers to peace and orderliness in the state.
He stressed that a clear cut procedure should always be followed in the selection of new paramount ruler or clan heads, adding that in a situation where a paramount ruler becomes indisposed or dies, the emergence of new rulers should be done without delays.
New chairman of the State Council of Chiefs, His Eminence, Ntenyin Solomon Daniel Etuk, who is also the Oku Ibom Ibibio and Paramount Ruler of Nsit Ubium, is the 30th Chairman since the creation of the state in September 1987 and succeeds the late Paramount Ruler of Ini, Ntoeng Udo Effiong Akpan.
Udom assured the monarchs that his administration would continue to perform the obligations of their welfare.
Speaking, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Udo Ekpenyong, said the recognition and subsequent swearing-in of the royal fathers was in compliance with the traditional rulers’ law of the state, saying Ntenyin Etuk emerged through a fair process by the established traditions.
He explained that there exists a strong and cordial relationship between the state government and the traditional rulers, describing the swearing-in as a commitment to strengthening the traditional institution to meet peoples’ expectations in the state.
In his inaugural address, Ntenyin Etuk expressed delight over the honour done him as the 30th Chairman of the State Council of Chiefs, describing the occasion as auspicious at the 32nd anniversary of the state.
He stated that the appointment was a clarion call to serve the people of the state at all levels.