Sir (Dr) Edet Amana KJW, Rt. Hon. (Mrs) Precious Selong, Ass. Prof. Inyang Atting, Prof. Ibia Ibia and other prominent sons and daughters of Urue-Offong Oruko have come together to set an agenda for the people.
Speaking during the annual general meeting/conference of Urue-Offong/Oruko Development Association (UODA), the chairman on the occasion, Sir (Dr) Edet Amana, Ikpoto Oro stated that education and better life were basic results of all development.
Edet Amana who was flanked by the alternate Chairman on the occasion, Chief Ulo Ante Uye, Akpaha Oro, pointed out the need to set up trade and technical schools, while also emphasizing technology education at the local level.
Dr Amana charged the UODA to “come up with strategic plan to produce manpower, especially in areas of national shortage.”
Engr Edet Amana who reiterated the meaninglessness of every unsustainable development, called on stakeholders not to relent in their strife to unite and work out modalities towards ensuring a better life for the people.
In her address, the Chief Host and executive chairman of Urue-Offong Oruko LGA, Rt. Hon. (Mrs) Precious Selong reflected on the theme of the event, “Urueoffong/Oruko for Sustainable Development”.
Precious Selong who described Urue-Offong Oruko as a land of possibilities, noted that all tall dreams could be realized, if people could “imbibe worthy virtues, seek productive life and gainful engagements, accept challenges and would be willing to make decent living that expresses dignity of labour.”
Mrs Selong maintained that the area was blessed with mineral deposits like gravel, sand, glass sand, sodium chloride, clay, zinc, oil and gas, large farmland for agricultural development, among others, which would turn the area to eldorado, if properly harnessed.
Lauding Governor Udom Emmanuel’s efforts in securing President Buhari’s approval for the take-off of the Ibom Deep Seaport Project, Mrs Selong said her administration was taking steps to hand over Government Technical College, Oruko to the state government.
She emphasized the need to enforce all Covid-19 protocols and guidelines to mitigate the spread of the virus and condemned criminal case of rape and violence against women, saying victims should promptly report to appropriate authorities for necessary actions.
Speaking earlier at the event, while making the Royal Endorsement, the Paramount Ruler-elect of Urue-Offong Oruko, HRM Offong E. M. Unanaowo congratulated his people for packaging the programme in a colourful manner.
Also speaking, the President-General, of Urue-Offong Oruko Development Association, Prof. Effiong Eyefoki said the event was a platform to “set a new direction of family improvement in education, social culture, skills acquisition and moral upgrade of the people.”
Effiong Eyefoki who enlisted numerous milestones reached under his leadership, used the occasion to ask citizens of the area to eschew politics and join hands in community building.
However, the keynote speaker at the event, Sir (Dr) Inyang Atting and co-lecturer, Prof. Ibia Ibia, presented well researched documents bordering on the enormous potentials of the LGA and proffered steps towards tackling the challenges in order to harness the opportunities for community development.
Meanwhile, the Publicity Secretary of the Association and Chairman, Central Planning Committee, Comrade Eddy Ukosin thanked God and the leadership of UODA, guests and members of the planning committee for the support and passion demonstrated towards the success of the occasion.
High points of the well attended event were the presentation of awards to three best performing chairmen of the council, appointment of members of the board of trustees (BoT), unveiling and launching of UODA logo, anthem and the reviewed Constitution, as well as inauguration of both the national executive council and 33 branch executives.