It was glorious and celebration galore in Ikono Local Government Area as the entirety of the Council of Chiefs, the political class, stakeholders, women, youths and the entire people of Nkwot 2, ward 7 converged at PCN Primary School, Nkwot Nko to bestow the Chieftaincy title of Otuekong Nkwot on the political leader of the area, Obong Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo.
The epoch making event, which pundits adjudged as the best since the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates of Nigeria, was hosted by the Council of Chiefs Nkwot Obio Duop in conjunction with the entire people of Nkwot 2, ward 7. While presenting the Chieftaincy title to the political leader, the Chairman Nkwot Obio Duop Council of Chiefs, Eteidung Okon Udo Udo, said that, the honour was as a result of the untiring services and commitment Obong Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo has rendered to the indigenes of Ikono and beyond and urged him to continue with his good works. He noted that, the monarchs were so proud of Ukpong-Udo and pledged their determination to always render good counsel to aid in his political leadership strides in Ikono Local Government Area.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the rite, Dr. Emmanuel Akpanobong said that, the award was the affirmation of the general acceptability of the political leadership of Obong Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo, describing him as a square peg in a square hole. He commended the Elders and the entire people of Nkwot for recognizing the principled leadership strides of Obong Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo, and expressed optimism that, as the political leader, he will better the lots of the people via all-embracing leadership strides.
The Ikono Chapter Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Etim Inyang had said that, the choice of Obong Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo was borne out of due consultation, acceptability and inclusiveness, thereby portraying the award on him as a confirmation of the general acceptability of the people on Ukpong-Udo. He specifically thanked the political class for witnessing the ceremony and pleaded with them to always provide useful input to the political leader towards the growth of the area.
Earlier, the chairman of the planning committee of the event, Apostle Joseph Ekong, had commended the political leader for his uprightness, steadfastness and caring attitudes towards the growth of the Ikono people and urged him to continually do more.
Responding, Obong Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo popularly called Macaire, due to his untiring and un-relenting effort in caring for the needy in the state and beyond, commended the organizers for the gesture and pledged his unwavering and unshakable determination to continually put smiles on the faces of the people in the society. Ukpong-Udo, who is also one of the best Safety Profesional in the country stressed that, the honour will spur him to do more for the people, adding that, the Cradle of Ibibio land will continually grow from strength to strength. “I want to thank the Monarchs, Elders and the entire people of Ikono for honour done me and other citizens of this area. It is a rare privileged for me to be adorned with Otuekong title by integrity driven monarchs of Ikono Extraction. “I wish to add that, I shall never relent in my gesture towards catering for the needy in the society. This award will stimulate me to do more for my society. In all my ability and powers, I shall continually put smiles on the people.” He pledged.
Our Reporter gathered that, the Title of Utuenikang Nkwot was presented to the Transition Chairman of Ikono, Hon. Asuquo Nnana, while the political leader of ward 7, Engineer Samuel Ekpenyong and the State Party Chairman of PDP, Obong Paul Ekpo including the wife of the state secretary of PDP, Evangelist Pat Akpabio were decorated with various chieftaincy titles of Iberedem Nkwot and Obonganwan Nkwot respectively.
It will be recalled that, the political leader of Ikono, Obong Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo, had since his official reception at Ikono, been honoured by Ibibio Leaders under the aegis of Uyo Senatorial District Leaders Forum while Ibibio Monarchs ably led by HRM Essien Ekidem had conveyed the royal blessings of the elders to the ace safety professional.