By Emmanuel Ufon

It was the legendary John F. Kennedy who said: “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”

The recent nomination of Engr. Cyril Attang for Induction into the Ikono/Ini Development Hall of Fame by Ikono/Ini Media Professionals is simply a way of appreciating him for his sincere contributions to the development of his Federal Constituency.

The nomination of Attang for the award by Ikono/Ini Development Hall of Fame is a token of tribute to a great son of Ikono/Ini. The unique origins and work life of each inductee will be insightful as well as inspire others including the next generation, especially for those who aspire to serve their people.

Attang, a selfless philanthropist of repute who is passionate about the development of his people and community by this nomination will be celebrated and remembered for his good deeds.

Again, the occasion will showcase how best the people of Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency appreciate his impact –
About a year ago when this philanthropist saw a trending video of deplorable roads in Nkwot Community in Ikono Local Government Area, he swung into action by first calling on a self-help effort while waiting for government’s intervention.
Hear his quick response to the situation: “My brother while we are waiting for the government of Akwa Ibom State, I will open a WhatsApp group to chat with our people from Nkwot communities so that we can contribute money and construct some parts of the roads to assist our people. I understand what our people are passing through even when I’m not in the village.”
Certainly, his move which the people of Nkwot community supported yielded fruit as some portions of the Nkwot roads were constructed.

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The effort provided easy access for the communities.
According to John Joseph Powell: “It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his beauty or perceive a sense of his worth until it has been reflected in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.”

The above assertion gives a clearer picture of the move by the Ikono/Ini Media Professionals organization to induct Engr. Cyril Attang into the Development Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to the development of his Federal Constituency.
As an Icon to reckon with, this move will correct some anomalies in the society and discourage people against the idea of ingratitude in the society. Professionals in media industry are well known for their watchdog roles. But with a close examination of the content of Engr. Cyril Attang’s character, he was deemed fit to remain in his honour and continue in his good work for the development of Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, Africa, and the world at large rather than an undue criticism.

Engr Cyril Attang is a Prince of the Nung Akpan Royal Dynasty of Nkwot-Ikot Nseyen, Ikono Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.He is the CEO of various companies such as Grandberg Enterprises (Trading, Real Estate & Truck Haulage), Havilah Electronic Enterprises (Heir Thermocool Exclusive showrooms in Lagos Island), DIVA Party Enterprises and Promoter of (MALIMBE MAGAZISt ) & Publisher of Nigeria AGROVET NEWS (since 1993), among others.

The Prince of Nung Akpan Royal Dynasty is an accomplished flour/grain milling expert and served in various management positions in reputable organizations. These include Flour Mills of Nig Plc, Apapa —Shift Engineer/Production Manager; SCOA, Agbara Plastic Industries – Engineering & Production Manager; Standard Flour Mills, Apapa – Mill Manager, Technical Director & Managing Director, Superintendent Manager for Standard Packaging Nig Ltd, Ibadan (Blow & Injection Thermoplastic Moulding) Diamond Foods (Biscuits) & Union Beverages (carbonated drinks), Alomaja, Ibadan (All during 1996-2005).
Group Technical Director for Continental Holding SA, 78 New Oxford Street, London UK with the following Factories LION MATCH, HARARE, ZIMBABWE; KIBO MATCH, TANZANIA; ASSOCIATED MATCH LTD, IBADAN NIGERIA.

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The erudite engineer retired in 2005 as Group Managing Director of MODANDOLA Group whose business interests include Standard Flour Mills Limited Apapa, Lagos; Obelawo-Farcha Fishing Industries Limited, Creek Road Apapa; Aramed Medical Centre, Ibadan, Coastal Services Nig Limited; Umarco Plc; Modandola Investments Limited, Warehouse Road, Apapa; Standard Breweries limited Ibadan; Diamond Foods and Standard Packaging in Alomaja Estate, Ibadan.
Engr Cyril Attang was the Country Representative for Investors International London Ltd (IILL) for the 1st Acquisition of NITEL (NIGERIA TELECOMS) in 2002.

He was also The Lead Negotiator in the acquisition of Furniture, Fittings and Equipment (FFE) from the USA Bankruptcy Court of an a300-bed hospital in Youngstown, Ohio, USA, and moving the items in 98 nos 40 FCL and the reinstallation of same at ARMED Centre Ibadan to Nigeria.

Currently Engr Cyril Attang is the Chief Consultant Engineer for operations, reactivation by the new owners of former Bendel Feed & Flour Mills Ltd, EWU, Delta State.
He has attended numerous training in various countries and presented several papers on wheat industry issues including one to the United States Congress on January 28, 2000, during a COMMODITY CREDIT CORPORATION (CCC) CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON GULF WHEAT CLEANING INITIATIVE. He has to his credit a write-up on the “DESIGN OF FLOUR MILL FLOWSHEET.”

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Engr. Cyril Attang has been a RESOURCE PERSON in various seminars organized by F. Hoffman-La Roche (Switzerland); National Agency for Food & Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and worked with GHANA STANDARDS BOARD to develop “flour Standards”.

He recently presented a key paper on “INDUSTRY ACADEMIC LINKAGES: ROLE OF THE ALUMINI” on the occasion marking the 50th Anniversary of the Department of Agricultural & Environmental Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

The indefatigable Engineer is currently serving on several boards of reputable companies. Engr Cyril and his wife, Pastor Uzoma Attang, are practical and active Christians, and their Philanthropic work towards the development of communities Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency includes the construction of a 350- capacity church building as a contribution to the local Assemblies of God Church, Ikot Nseyen, Nkwot; donation of a 16-seater bus to St Mary’s Catholic Church, Ikot Nseyen; constructing an equipment of a 10-bed Widows’ Clinic in Ikot Nseyen, development of 2,000 head goat and 1,000 head pig farms in Okpoto village, via Ikot Nseyen to engage some of the 364 widows in Nkwot 1. For over 12 years, the Attangs have been caring for 364 widows in Nkwot 1 (14 villages) annually providing means of livelihood for them.

He remains in his honour as the OBONG EDUEK NKWOT, and The BOBAGUNWA OF IBADANLAND. He is blessed with children and grandchildren.
Let us celebrate him as he adds another feather to his cap on Saturday the 27th day of November 2021 as an inductee into the Ikono/Ini Development Hall of Fame at the Council Secretariat, Ibiaku Ntok Okpo, Ikono Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.