Governor Umo Eno’s fence-mending approach to governance adopted by the Transition Committee Chairman of Ikono Local Government Area, Hon. Kingsley Akpan, has continued to enjoy endorsement across board, with the latest coming from the Political Leader of Ikono and other prominent stakeholders.

At a stakeholders meeting held Thursday at the instance of the Transition Committee Chairman, at the residence of the Political Leader of Ikono, Sir Sunday Udo Akpan, prominent leaders from the area who spoke at the meeting, unanimously gave the Council boss, Hon. Kingsley Akpan a pat on the back over what they described as “a good start so far” urging him to continue being a good follower of Governor Umo Eno’s leadership style.

As part of his ongoing familiarization visit to critical stakeholders in Ikono project, Hon. Kingsley Akpan met with stakeholders of the area who are members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State to seek their support on moving the local government area forward.

“I believe there’s need for us to come together to work for the unity and progress of Ikono because the Bible in Psalms 133:1 says behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

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“Governor Umo Eno’s ARISE Agenda is rich enough to benefit every part of this state. Let’s channel our energy to what builds and unites so that we can attract development to Ikono.

“I’m here to be Chairman for all. I’m ready to be a listening Chairman that is committed to bringing development to Ikono.
Let’s work hand in hand and I will not disappoint you”, Hon. Kingsley Akpan assured.

Responding, the stakeholders in their separate remarks commended the Chairman for deeming it fit to hold the meeting and also offered words of advice to him.

Taking the lead, Sir S. U Akpan, described Hon. Kingsley Akpan’s elevation as Chairman Transition Committee of Ikono as a new thing God is beginning in the area and thanked him for seeing the need to emulate Pastor Umo Eno’s leadership style of uniting the people.

“God is beginning a new thing in Ikono. Thank you for making us see that something good can come from Ikono. Keep up the good work you’re doing.

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“We must support the Governor to succeed. We must support our chairman to succeed too.

Also speaking, Sen. Aloysius Etok thanked Hon. Kingsley Akpan for calling stakeholders together and added that the steps he has taken so far shows that he means well for Ikono.

On his part, Engr. Iboro Ekanem, who also commended the Chairman for the synergy he is trying to build, urged him never to take everything anyone tells him but should always carry out due diligence by asking further questions to get clarifications that will enable him take informed decisions.

In their separate remarks, Chief Moses Akpan, the state organizing secretary of PDP described the meeting as commendable while Sir Victor Etefia described it as a well articulated decision.

Hon. Jack Essien in his remarks commended the Chairman for his peace-building efforts and further called on the stakeholders to avoid repeating past mistakes.

Responding to comments made by the stakeholders, the Chapter Chairman of PDP in Ikono, Barr. Ekemini Uba thanked members for their love and steadfastness to the party and called on them to close ranks and work for the success of the party.

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Giving a vote of thanks at the meeting, Hon. Itoro Columba, commended the Chairman and his team “for electing to host the stakeholders” and prayed God to continue to endow the Chairman with the wisdom to lead the council aright.

Among prominent stakeholders that also attended the meeting include: Prof. Augustine Umoh, Dr. Martins Akpan, Chief Inem Inyangette, Obong Mike Ene, Col. Bassey Stanley, Chief Edet Okonnah, Idorenyin Okon, Engr. Sam Ekpenyong, Hon. Luke Eshiet, Sir, Cosmas Ibanga, Akparawa Godwin Enang, Dr. David Udo-Umoh, Engr. Edet Umotong, Barr. Josiah Ottuk, Obong Edet Inwang, Victor M. Udofia, Barr. John John Akpan, Hon. Udeme Obot, Hon. Ndifreke Ukpong, Hon. Nyakno Okoibu, Hon. Simeon Uyanga, Obonganwan Glory James etc.