The Chairman of Akwa Ibom State Environmental Protection and Waste Management Agency (AKSEPWMA), Deacon (Dr) Prince Ikim, was among the few distinguished Nigerians who, last night, received the Support Leadership Award from the Nigeria Police, Akwa Ibom State Command.

According to the Commissioner of Police in the State, CP Olatoye Durosinmi, the award was in recognition of the outstanding support that the AKSEPWMA boss has provided to the State command of the force.

He stated, “Prince is indeed a good son, and he is always available at any moment whenever his services are needed.

“When I arrived in the State a year and seven months ago as the 31st CP, the front of the headquarters was not good enough. I called upon him, and he did a great job in the entire headquarters, giving us the best aesthetics befitting it.

“Again, the construction work we carried out at the headquarters would have been difficult without him. Each time we needed anything, Prince ensured the equipment, the type of sand we needed, and many other things were available for our construction work. So, Prince Ikim has been a pillar behind us, and I cannot really quantify in Naira and kobo what he has done, but this award is a token, and I’m here to thank him for what he has done for the police in the State and humanity.”

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Responding at the resplendent 2023 End of the Year Get-together and Award, held at Officers’ Mess, Metro Road, Uyo, Obong Ikim, while expressing his gratitude, dedicated the award to the State Governor; Pastor Umo Eno, for prioritizing environmental protection and sustainability as encapsulated in the ARISE agenda.

While noting that the reward for hard work is more work, the Israeli-trained security expert turned politician added, “as far as the environment is concerned, from the non-politicized to politicized and securitized, which means we must continue to partner and do our best to the glory of God and the benefit of the good people of Akwa Ibom State.”

The former Oruk Anam Council boss assured that AKSEPWMA under his watch will continue to uphold the highest standards of environmental management, drawing inspiration from global best practices and setting a positive example for others to follow.

Other distinguished Akwa Ibomites who were recognized for their top-notch services to their fatherland included the State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, CP Olatoye Durosinmi, Secretary to the State Government Prince Enobong Uwah, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Frank Archibong and Commissioner for Internal Security and Waterways, Brigadier General Koko Essien, Rtd.

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Others included: MD/CEO Hensek Integrated Services, Engr Uwem Okoko, the State Accountant General, Pastor Uwem Andrew-Essien, the International Coordinator of New Breed for Sustainable Development; Engr Ekpenyong Ekpenyong FNSE,
Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Admin and Finance; DCP Regina Udoette, Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Admin and Finance; ACP Asuquo Ebong, CSP Ekene Nwosu, O/C Anti Robbery, among others.

Meanwhile, the night’s highlights featured the induction of new members into the Officers’ mess, inspiring speeches from Service Commanders, a sumptuous dinner, and exquisite wine.