Following the special thanksgiving/re-dedication service organized by Itu Local Government Council; eminent citizens from the Local Government Area have joined the call for sustained peace and tolerance. This they said is the only way the Local Government will achieve its collective goals.
Speaking during the event held at the main hall of the Council Secretariat, Mbak Atai Itam, the Chairman of Council; Hon. Barr. Etetim Onuk said apart from the spiritual significance of praying together to the Almighty God for guidance throughout the year, re-dedication of the land and the people, it was necessary for every well-meaning and patriotic citizen to consistently work towards ensuring Itu remain peaceful, united and avoid acts capable of sowing seeds of disharmony.
The Council helmsman called on everyone to put aside personal political interest and work towards protecting the ideals of our community and the actualization of the Itu of our dreams. He noted that without unity, the Local Government would lose out in the scheme of things; hence the need to close ranks and strengthen the bond so as to achieve more.
Similarly, the member representing Itu State Constituency; Hon. KufreAbasi Edidem charged the people to look beyond selfish interests and make deliberate and concerted efforts to guarantee enduring peace and unshakable unity in the Local Government Area.
An elder statesman from the Local Government and the Chairman of the occasion; Surv. James Iniama also advised the people to see the actualization of the new Itu dream as their own project and push for a better community for the future generation. He also said the people have a bigger role to play in the unfolding scenario even as he called for unity, hope and faith in God.
In his goodwill message, a Commissioner in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Service Commission; Obong (Barr.) Godwin Awah advised the people to remain unified and continue supporting the government at all levels, aligning with the position of former Secretary to the Government of Akwa Ibom State; Obonganwan Grace Ekong who called for an integration and nonviolent Itu Local Government Area.
In another development, the Itu Council Chairman has announced a cash donation of four hundred thousand naira to support the pet farming project of the Itu Area Council of the Nigerian Legion. This he said would boost production in the farm and help support ex-servicemen in Itu and the immediate families of soldiers who paid the supreme price in combat while serving their fatherland. He made the declaration on Saturday, during the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration/Wreath Laying Ceremony in Itu Local Government. He also pledged to continue supporting them.
In his address the Chairman Itu Area Council of the Nigerian Legion; Major Archibong Eniang (Rtd) thanked the Council Chairman and the Akwa Ibom State Governor; Mr. Udom Emmanuel for their continuous support and for sustaining the annual ritual of honouring departed soldiers, celebrating retired servicemen and supporting families of departed ones, despite the harsh economic realities.