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The people of Ikono Ibom Clan in Uyo Local Government Area have expressed appreciation to Governor Udom Emmanuel for maintaining peace and good governance in the state.

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The appreciation is contained in a Communique issued at the end of a One Day Ikono Ibom Stakeholders Roundtable organized by Ikono Ibom Development Union, the umbrella socio-cultural organization of the area, in Uyo.

The Six point Communique, however states that Ikono Ibom as a Clan was deeply pained by long marginalization and isolation in the areas of infrastructure and political inclusion.

The Communique draws the attention of Governor Udom Emmanuel to the exclusion of Ikono Ibom Clan from the creation of additional wards in the state by Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission and appointment of Supervisors and Special Adviser in Uyo Local Government Council.

The people appealed to Governor Emmanuel to always recognize Ikono Ibom Elders and Stakeholders as proper channels to seek information regarding Ikono Ibom Clan.

According to the Stakeholders, Ikono Ibom Clan is in dire need of basic infrastructure such as roads, functioning Schools, hospitals and industries.

The Communique also notes that Ikono Ibom people were seriously anticipating the fulfilment of the promise made by Governor Udom Emmanuel to construct the only trunk road that links the entire eighteen villages in Ikono Ibom.

The Roundtable chaired by Obong Utuk Nkanga and moderated by Professor Dianabasi Eduwem with the National President, Ikono Ibom Development Union, Obong Ime Ekpo as the host, made it clear that Ikono Ibom was richly blessed with seasoned professionals and technocrats in various fields who can be appointed into the State Executive Council and other prime positions.

They noted that despite their woes, Ikono Ibom people have continued to maintain their peace loving, non-hostile and accommodating nature.

While pledging their resolve for continued support to Government at all levels, the people expressed confident that Governor Udom Emmanuel will use his good offices to give attention to the requests with a view to repositioning Ikono Ibom Clan.

The Communique was signed by the Stakeholders, including Obong Cyril Ekiko, Obong Ukpong Dan-Umoh, Dr Ekere Afia, Elder Imo Okon, Obong Utuk Nkanga, Professor Dianabasi Eduwem and Obong Ime Ekpo.

Other Ikono Ibom Stakeholders who endorsed the document were Barrister Mfon Ben, Architect Essien Nkanga, Dr Grace Ekpo, Mr. Augustine Ben, Princess Sarah Akpan, Engineer Emmanuel Iniekpo, Mr. Imo Ben, Akparanwan Justina Umoh and Prince Okon Nsentip.

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