Our Culture is the Backbone of Our Progress – Dr Inuikim

*Charges Afaha Ebughu leaders on commitment to community service •as AEDU holds 2020 conference

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President-General Emeritus of Oron Union, Sir (Dr) Asuquo Inuikim Obon KJW, has charged members of Afaha Ebughu Development Union to imbibe the old norms and culture of Ebughu people.

He said they must not forget their culture as it was the backbone of progress to any society. He noted that an enlightened and consciously developing society cannot do without a constant touch with their tradition.

Inuikim spoke during his opening remarks on Saturday, as chairman of the 61st Annual and 31st Biennial Afaha Ebughu Development Union Conference 2020 at the Community Secondary Grammar School, Ebughu in Mbo local government area of Akwa Ibom State.

Chief Inuikim stated that a community which showed resentment towards their culture and tradition would experience retrogression and depreciation.

Dr Inuikim who doubles as the Chairman of Elders’ Council, insisted that leaders of various sections of the community must go into the villages and interact with their brethren so as to get them to be part of the yearly gathering.

Challenging youth presidents and village heads to ensure the involvement of all communities, the chairman said they must engage their people in presentation of various cultural plays

He maintained that all traditional leaders must sufficiently discharge full functions of their offices as they were the actual custodians of societal norms and traditions.

The Jerusalem Pilgrim added that community leaders were the greatest assets of traditional societies, and reiterated the need for them to preserve their culture for posterity.

Advising the people to observe all Covid-19 guidelines, as the dreaded coronavirus was not a respecter of persons, the Akpaha Oro lauded the organizers and guests for adding colour to the event.

Also speaking, the Paramount Ruler of Mbo local government area, HRM Ogwong Okon A. Abang (V) anchored his message on moral principles among community and family people and called on privileged society leaders and those who expect God’s answers to their prayers to observe the fear of God in their relationships and community service.

While presenting his annual address, the President-General of Afaha Ebughu Development Union, Elder Ita E. Onukak highlighted major gains of his administration to include area of education and construction project of the Ebughu Civic Centre, among others.

Chief Onukak who pointed out challenges and more expectations in areas of education, health and restructuring of the Civic Centre, called for selfless and patriotic sacrifices for the continuous growth of their fatherland.

In his goodwill message, the special guest of honour, Engr. Nse Essang recalled how the Union conceived and built the Ebughu Community Secondary Grammar School, which was the venue of the ceremony and supported the idea that villages must be sufficiently mobilized for the yearly event in order to encourage cultural preservation.

Speaking on the theme: “Harnessing Resources to Foster Unity in Diversity among Ebughu People“, the Keynote Speaker at the event, Chief Boniface Okonubin explained that the name, ‘Ebughu’, denotes “unity and togetherness” and that only an absence of cohesive traditional authorities could result in youth restiveness and cultism.

Submitting that youthful strength was best for community defense, Chief Okonubin added that restoration of dignity and credibility in village headship, promotion of progressive leadership culture and establishment of confidence and trust in community leadership, would help to reinstate goodwill, brotherliness and unity among Ebughu people.

Meanwhile, the event attended by the President-General of Oron Union, Bishop Etim Ante, Officials of clan and various communities, also witnessed presentations of secretariat, financial, treasury and auditing reports.

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