A former youth leader of Inen Ikot Eteye, Obong Christian Ime Akanowo was among seven village heads elected last Friday and presented to OrukAnam Traditional Rulers Council.
Akanowo after serving the community as a youth leader became the fifth village head of Inen Ikot Eteye in OrukAnam local government area of Akwa Ibom state.
He was elected by council of Family Heads of Inen Ikot Eteye after all the contestants to the throne surrendered before he was ratified and later presented to OrukAnam Traditional Rulers Council chaired by the Paramount Ruler Akuku Johnson Johnny Obosi and supervised by the secretary Traditional Rulers Council Mr Ubong Ukpong respectively.
Speaking during the presentation ceremony held at OrukAnam council headquarters, Ikot Ibritam the Paramount Ruler Akuku of the area His Royal Majesty Akuku Johnson Obosi charged the village Head elect to maintain peace and security in their domain.
Obosi explained that the state government needs peace and security to deliver dividends of democracy to the people adding that native authorities are the key drivers of peace in rural communities.
He emphasized that rural development is one of the cardinal points in the development plan of pastor Umo and village heads are elected to maintain peace so that government can develop their communities.
“Any Village Head who conspires to foment trouble leading to insecurity in his domain will be sanctioned accordingly.
“We need peace in the villages, Akwa Ibom needs peace. No development can take place in an environment of insecurity .”
One of the community leaders, Obong Unwana Anyanime Umoren described the election process of Akuku Akanowo as peaceful as exercised by family heads in the village.
Umoren said the village head seat was keenly contested by Chief Sunday Dickson Eshiet of Nto Atonarang family, Chief Friday Williamson Okorie ( family head ) Nto Eyeator, Chief Moses Jonah Akpanusen – an electrical technician based in Owerri and the Village Head Elect Obong Christian Ime Akanowo who emerged victoriously.
He said Akuku Akanowo won the election because of his track record of performance when he was the youth leader in the community.
“Akuku Akanowo has distinguished himself as a youth leader and political leader of Inen Ikot Eteye for many years.
“In his reign as a youth leader, he completed the Inen Ikot Eteye town hall, a pet project initiated during the reign of late village head -Obong Thompson Ike ( Edidem III ) and supervised by late chief Elder Isaac Jumbo Umoren Akpan Uko.”
Responding, Akuku Akanowo said the community would experience peace, security and development throughout his reign and sued for the cooperation of elders, youths and women in the village.
” Let me thank the state governor pastor Umo Eno , the Paramount Ruler of OrukAnam , the Chairman of council Dr Kingsley Iquot , Obonunwana Anyanime Umoren and all the family heads for electing me.
” I promised to lead by example and do justice to all manner of persons, our community will experience peace and development,” he said.
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