Executive Chairman of Uyo Elder Imo Okon receiving Zenith bank cheque from Sir Ebong Uko, Akwa Ibom Commissioner for Youth and Sports in April 24, 2019

…As Protests set to rock Uyo Council

Executive Chairman of Uyo Local Government Area, Elder Imo Okon has been accused of allegedly pocketing 5 million naira prize money won by the local government area in the 2nd Akwa Ibom Sport Festivals.

Leader Uyo team and Chairman Technical Committee Hon. Idongesit Samuel, called out the Chairman,Elder Imo Okon on social media – Facebook for failing to celebrate the pupils, teachers and trainers who sacrificed for the local government area to win the 2nd place during the sport festival.

Participants from uyo extraction during the 2nd Akwa Ibom Sport festivals are planning in top gear to engage in a protest later this month billed to hold at the council secretariat.

On 24th April 2019, Akwa Ibom State Governor Mr. Udom Emmanuel represented by the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Sir Monday Ebong Uko presented prize monies to Oruk Anam, Uyo and Itu local government areas for being winners during the 2nd Akwa Ibom Sport festivals.

In his words, ” His Excellency has graciously released the prize monies of the winners of the last editions as follows: Oruk Anam L.G.A – #10m, Uyo L.G.A – #5m, Itu L.G.A – #3m”

10 months after, Uyo local government area is yet to call the participants who represented the council as done by other winning local government areas like Itu and Oruk Anam council.

A social media commentator Ubong Ndanyougmong while reacting to the post appreciated the Chairman of Itu local government for giving the participants a handshake and a fair amount in the 3 million naira price money.

The said post by Hon. Samuel has created a lot of reactions with no defends whatsoever from the chairman’s media team. Rather condemnation with social media influencers like Nsisong Frank asking “But why is this Chairman this controversial? Who did Uyo people offend?”

However, Chairman House committee on Education, Youth and Sports Hon. Ekom Okon asked for more patience as the event has been overtaken by time. Apparently meaning that the Chairman is not keen on rewarding those athletes.

Speaking with our reporter, Pastor Ndaraka Ubom of Global Christian Center, 37 Aka Etinan Road in Uyo community quoting proverbs 17:13 said “Evil will never leave the house of one who pays back evil for good”.

Other pundits who spoke said the chairman has disappointed the youthful generation with his performance in office. The pundit who didn’t want his name mentioned said “the chairman started very well, but has failed to connect with the feelings of the people, we cannot support him for any political office again”.