By Our Correspondent

The Honourable Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, His Excellency, Distinguished Sen. Godswill Obot Akpabio and the Sole Administrator of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr. Efiong Akwa are to serve as Special Guests of Honour at the formal inauguration of the Akwa Ibom State Chapter of Union of Progressive Minds, UPM, in Uyo, the State capital. UPM is a coalition of the All Progressives Congress (APC) support groups.

According to a release jointly signed by the Chairman of the Planning Committee, Prof. Paulinus Etim and Secretary; Prince Ekon James, the event which is slated to hold on Friday, 26th November, 2021, would also feature a Twenty Million Naira (N20, 000, 000.00) Secretariat Fund launch.

The release also adds that the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Ita Enang is to grace the occasion as Chairman, while the Secretary of the Caretaker Committee and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the APC, Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe and Managing Director, Oil and Gas Free Zone, Obong Umana Okon Umana are expected as Chief Launcher and Co-launcher, respectively.

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Parts of the statement reads “Union of Progressive Minds (UPM) – a coalition of APC Support Groups, cordially invites the political class and the general public to the formal inauguration of its Akwa Ibom State chapter and a N20 million Secretariat Fund launch, under the Distinguished Chairmanship of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Ita Enang.

Special Guests of Honour: The Honourable Minister for Niger Delta Affairs; His Excellency, Sen. Godswill Akpabio and the Sole Administrator of NDDC, Mr. Efiong Akwa.

Guests of Honour: Member, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Effiong Johnson and Former Managing Director of NDDC, His Excellency, Obong Nsima Ekere.

Chief Launcher: Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, Secretary, APC National Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Co-Launcher: Obong Umana Okon Umana; MD, Oil and Gas Free Zone

“Father of the Day: His Excellency, Grp. Captain Sam Ewang, Rtd.; Mother of the Day:Her Excellency, Noble Lady Valerie Ebe
Date: Friday, 26th November, 2021
Venue: Pastoral Centre, Brooks Street, Uyo.Time: 11:00 am”.
The release further adds that accreditation of groups starts at 9.00 am at same venue.

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Others expected at the occasion as Guests of Honour, according to the invite sighted by our correspondent include: Obong Rita Akpan, Hon Bar. Bassey Dan Abia, Rt Hon. Emaeyak Ukpong, and Rt Hon Emmanuel Ekpenyong.

Others are Dr. Amadu Atai, Chief. Don  Etiebet, Rt Hon Ema Bassey, Chief Inibehe Okorie, Chief Sunny Ibanga, Elder Idongesit Ekpanya, Obongemem Rt Hon Ekperikpe Ekpo, Chief Don Etiebet, Chief Inibehe Okorie Hon Etteka Usua, Chief Sunny Ibanga, Bishop, Hon  Ekpe James, Hon Victor Antai, Chief( Hon)Otu Ita Toyo and Chief Godwin Afangide.