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By Dennis Udoma, Senior Correspondent, Uyo
Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom yesterday, sworn – in His Eminence, Nteyin Solomon Etuk as the new Chairman, Council of Chiefs.
The ceremony was followed with the presentation of Staff of Office to the newly appointed seven Paramount rulers in the state.
They were; HRM (Okuku) Simeon Sylvester Udofia, Abak LGA ; HRM (Edidem) Peter Okon Effiong, Nsit Atai LGA ; HRM (Edidem) Etim Edward Akpan, Ini LGA ; HRM (Okuku) Engr. Johnson Johnny Obosi, Oruk Anam LGA ; HRM (Edidem) Cosmas Bassey Nkanga, Uruan LGA ; HRM (Okuku) Engr. Amos Daniel Akpan, Ukanafun LGA and HRM (Obong) Okon Asuquo Abang from Mbo Local Government Area.
Governor Emmanuel, while performing the installation of the chiefs at Government House, Uyo called on the traditional rulers to collaborate effectively with the state government in the enforcement of laws and societal norms for the good of the state.
He said, traditional rulers have invaluable roles to play in the enforcement of laws and maintenance of societal norms for the betterment of the society saying, as agents in the administration of the state, traditional institutions are expected to collaborate with governments to institutionalize societal values in their domain for the government to function effectively.
The governor promised to improve on their welfare and building of a new secretariat for traditional rulers before year 20-20 and presented the new chairman Paramount rulers with staff of office.
Earlier, Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Udo Ekpenyong thanked the governor for regular payment of stipends and other allowances to the paramount rulers pointing out that, the royal fathers have contributed immensely to the prevailing peace enjoyed in the state.
He also made case for the traditional stools in the state which included; issues of omitted clans and villages, enactment of enabling laws to make family heads statutory members of village councils and amendment of traditional rulers council laws, to allow clan heads preside over meetings of traditional ruler’s council as acting presidents where a Paramount ruler is incapacitated or indisposed.
The new Chairman, State Council of Chiefs, His Eminence, Nteyin Solomon Etuk while responding thanked his colleagues for supporting his emergence as their Chairman, and described his appointment as a call to service.
He pledged to provide exemplary leadership and assist the government to provide effective leadership.
Etuk, who is also Oku Ibom Ibibio congratulated the governor and people of the State on the occasion of its 32nd anniversary celebration of the state.