The Paramount Ruler of Ini Local Government Area, His Royal Majesty, Edidem Ntoeng Udo Effiong Akpan has been sworn-in as the 29th Chairman of Akwa Ibom State Council of Chiefs.
Edidem Akpan takes over from Paramount Ruler of Ibeno, His Royal Majesty Owong Effiong Archianga who had served for two term period.
The event which took place at the Banquet Hall of Government House, Uyo, was performed by Governor Udom Emmanuel today.
The Governor also swore-in and presented staff of office to seven newly recognized Paramount Rulers of Ikot Ekpene: HRM Okuku Okon Udo Ukut, Ibesikpo Asutan: Edidem Clement Francis Ekpenyong, Onna: Edidem Raymond Timothy Inyang, Etim Ekpo: Obong Amanam Akpan Udo, Mbo: Ovong Edet Okon Isemin, Eastern Obolo: Chief Harry John Etetor and Offong Bassey Etim Edet, Udung Uko Local Government Areas.
In his welcome address, the Commissioner for Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon Udo Ekpenyong described the ceremony as a clear manifestation of Governor Udom’s love and commitment to strengthen the Traditional Institution in the State to meet the expectations of Government.
The Commissioner noted that in keeping with the established tradition of the selection process and fair mindedness of the State Government, Edidem Ntoeng Effiong Akpan has emerged. He described the Royal Father as someone with impeccable track record both in public and private life.
Hon Ekpenyong pointed out that the swearing-in of the seven Paramount Rulers is in compliance with the Traditional Rulers Law of Akwa Ibom State which states that every person accorded official recognition as Paramount Ruler must be sworn-in as member of the State Council of Chiefs and presented with staff of Office.
He mentioned that the State Governor has recognized 207 Traditional Rulers in the State during the 2016/2017 Council year including seven Paramount Rulers, six Clan Heads and 194 Village Heads.
The Commissioner thanked the State Governor for presenting two new Toyota Prado vehicles to the Paramount Rulers of Eket and Oruk Anam Local Government Areas who were sworn-in last year as Members of the State Council of Chiefs. He hinted that the Governor is working to provide vehicles grants to newly recognized Clan Heads for their comfort and ease of mobility.
He thanked Governor Udom for the prompt payment of security vote and welfare packages to the State Royal Fathers including stipends and severance allowance to the outgoing Chairman, State Council of Chiefs, monthly vehicle maintenance allowance and monthly security allowance to the Royal fathers among others.
In his valedictory speech, the Outgoing Chairman of the State Council of Chiefs, HRM Owong Effiong Archianga thanked the State Government and his colleagues for giving him the support he needed to succeed.
He noted that being the first to serve for a two term period, he has been able to make lasting and impacting policies during his reign.
He mentioned that he was glad over the choice of his successor and will be ready to work with him for the continuous dignity of the Traditional Institution.
In his acceptance Speech, the newly sworn-in-Chairman, State Council of Chiefs, HRM Edidem Ntoeng Udo Effiong Akpan noted that he was aware that the
Traditional institution is a veritable institution for the sustenance of peace in the society and he is poised on maintaining that.
The Chairman stated that his administration will strive to work in bringing and maintaining the dignity of the traditional institution.
He Commended the immediate Past Chairman for the strides he has recorded so far and promised to do his best to sustain and improve upon them.
In an address by the State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, he noted that he was impressed by the résumé of the sworn-in Paramount Rulers describing them as Royal Fathers with quality.
Governor Udom commended the immediate Past Chairman for his service pointing out that he enjoyed a good working relationship with him. He urged him to continue supporting his successor.
He wished them well in their office.