…….doles out Millions of Naira worth of cash and empowerment items

Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo, member representing Ini-Ikono Federal Consituency

In fulfillment of his campaign promise of regularly interfacing with his constituents, the member representing Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Rep Emmanuel Ukpong-udo today staged the fifth phase of Empowerment during a Constituency Briefing. The event which took place at the Methodist Central School, Ikot Odu Ndiya in Ikono LGA had in attendance the political class, the traditional institutional, the clergy, party faithful, women and youth groups as well as teeming supporters of the Federal Lawmaker.

Setting the tone for the event, the Chairman of the Occasion, and head of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Service Commission, Barr. Goddy Umoh, said this was the first time an empowerment of this magnitude was held in the annals of Ikono/Ini. He stressed that on the basis of his superior performance, Rep Ukpong-udo was deserving of a second term in office. He commended Ukpong-udo for his gargantuan strides in 32 months, reiterating that he had made the constituency, the party and the the State at large very proud.

In his address, Rep Emmanuel Ukpong-udo thanked Ikono/Ini people for their support as far, stating that the event was a grassroot and localised event occasioned by the need to render an account of his stewardship to the people. He reiterated that he was committed to ensuring that a life touching project is situated in every ward in the constituency before his first term elapses. The lawmaker admonished the beneficiaries of the empowerment items to make maximal use of them while suing for patience from those yet to benefit. He disclosed that a bigger empowerment event was billed for the fourth and last quarter of the year.

Several goodwill messages poured in for Rep Ukpong-udo from well meaning stakeholders and constituents. These included the Deputy Chapter Chairman, Isantim Ernest Bassey; the Chaiman of Ikono Ward Elders Council, Sir Mike Ene; the Director General, Mkpoikana-Abasi Campaign Organisation, Barr. Edet Inyangidima as well as the Clan Head of Ndiya, Etebom Godswill Udoisang.
Others who spoke glowingly of their Representative were the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Petroleum Matters, Sir Victor Etefia; the Chairman of Ini Local Government Area, Elder Israel Idaisin and his Ikono Local Government Area counterpart, Hon. Nyaknno Okoibu, the immediate past member of the 8th National Assembly, Rt Hon Iboro Ekanem as well as a host of others.

The speakers at the event all eulogized Ukpong-Udo for his unprecedented performance, describing him as a model of effective representation worthy of emulation. They prayed God to bless and strengthen him to do more for the constituency.

Items given out by Rep Ukpong-udo to a cross-section of the people included 22 vehicles, 5 Mini buses, 50 Motorcycles, 5 tricycles and 40 Industrial sewing machines. Ukpong-udo also disbursed N10million in business grants.

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