The senator, Akwa Ibom South senatorial district, Dr Akon Eyakenyi has celebrated her 60th birth anniversary, with family, friends and her colleagues from the national assembly.
Akon Eyakenyi turned 60 in the last days of February 2020 and used the occasion to reach out to her constituents in the 12 local government areas of the district.
The event which started with hosting of about 250 widows across the senatorial district, where she shared good moments with them, including empowerment with cash prizes, culminated in the thanksgiving service which was held at the Destiny International Missions, Ewet Housing, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The event was attended by Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, together with his wife, Martha, at least 15 sitting senators, the state deputy governor, Mr Moses Ekpo; the Speaker of Akwa Ibom House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey; former governors, commissioners and other government officials.
Also in attendance were the Council of Oro Traditional Rulers led by the chairman, Chief Effiong Unananowo; the Oron Union led by the President-General, Bishop Etim Ante, the Oro Think Tank led by the chairman, Dr Monday Dickson, and many others.
Speaking at the event, Senator Akon Eyakenyi told the story of her political surjourn, where she began as a supervisor, a commissioner, a board chairman, a minister of the federal republic and then as a Senator.
Appreciating God for her political elevation, Mrs Eyakenyi thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel; the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, her constituents and her family, for supporting her emergence as a senator.
She glorified God for sustaining her in good health till age 60 and the grace to win the election, without having to face the huddles of judicial battles.
Eyakenyi extolled the President of the Senate, Dr Ahmed Lawan and the Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege, whom she described as fathers, for giving equal opportunity to everyone in the Senate, irrespective of party difference.
“I am grateful to God who has made my ways smooth in all that I do. My political journey has been ordered by God. It was God who made it easy for me to get the ticket.
“After that, he made it easier for me to come out victorious at the polls. The most important thing is that, while everyone else was running around at the tribunal, God made it simple for me.
“There was no litigation in my election. And today, God has made me 60, giving me and my husband five children and 17 grandchildren”, she said.
In his speech, the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan described the celebrator as a hardworking senator who has made her voice very audible since the beginning of the Ninth Senate.
Lawan said he was proud of Akwa Ibom State who sent very intelligent senators to Abuja, all of whom have contributed enormously to the success story of the present Nigerian Senate.
He warned politicians against using political differences as a tool for animosity but charged them to rather allow the country’s diversity to enhance national unity.
While frowning at situations where politicians were already beginning the campaigns of 2023, the President of the Senate enjoined them to focus on fulfilling their promises for which the electorates voted them into office.
He expressed optimism that the nation will soon overcome its challenges and urged Nigerians, irrespective of their party lines, ethnicity and religion, to unite for the nation’s development.
Also speaking, the Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel thanked God for Eyakenyi’s life of service, which he said had kept her going stronger.
He advised politicians in the state not to distract his attention with consultations and political campaigns for the 2023 elections.
“I have known Eyakenyi to be a devoted woman. I am satisfied with her representation in the Senate so far. I have no power to anoint anybody for governor in 2023 until God reveals him to me.
“Let me warn that nobody should come for consultation because I want to work and bring in more investors into the state in the Year 2020,” he added.
The thanksgiving which was presided over by the General Overseer of Destiny International Missions, Uyo, Archbishop (Dr) Cletus Bassey witnessed glorious testimonies and goodwill messages from senators and other officials of government.