Obong of Calabar, others decry absence of social security
The Obong of Calabar, His Eminence, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu and other stakeholders, have raised concern over rising social security problems in Cross River State.
Otu said this, yesterday, in his palace in Calabar while reacting to a keynote address by Archbishop Archibong Archibong of the Intercessor Bible Church (IBC) and convener of opinion leader’s forum for the establishment of social security system in the state.
The Obong called on relevant stakeholders to create awareness that could reduce economic and social vulnerability of the poor and marginalised groups in the society.
He said: “The Efik people, home and abroad, should build a virile kingdom through cooperation, irrespective of their political interests, as we approach the election year.”
The convener of the forum and representative of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), Archibong, said: “Social security is aimed at providing material needs of individuals and families, protecting aged and disabled persons against the expenses of illnesses that may otherwise use up their savings.”
He noted that social security would give children the chance to grow up healthy and secure.
Norem Ofem of KAS appealed to Etubom Traditional Council to take social security information to their domains.