…AS AKPARAWA INIABASI EKANEM CONSULTS ONNA WOMEN STAKEHOLDERS
IKOT EBIDANG, ONNA
A frontline aspirant for ONNA chairmanship race, Akparawa Iniabasi Ekanem has promised to change the face of ONNA Local Government and run a women inclusive Government if elected as council helmsman.
The renowned entrepreneur made this known, Friday, 31st July, while addressing women stakeholders in ONNA during a consultation visit ahead of forthcoming Local Government Elections.
Outlining his plans for the women of ONNA, Ekanem said, free health care for pregnant women and the aged, renovation and equipping of women town hall and vowed to mobilize the women of ONNA to be actively involved in Agricultural revolution that will transform the economy of the area.
“This project is God’s divine, I have been involved in humanitarian services even as a private citizen for decades, the record is in the public glare and I have the requisite experience to lead the people of ONNA while consolidating on the achievements of the Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, “Ekanem said.”
While Stressing on the need to give ONNA the needed lift towards greatness, he said that under his leadership, developmental projects and infrastructures will be given the needed attention.
“To equally rank us amongst comity of Local Government in Nigeria in performance, We deserve a leader who has the interest of the people at heart and I will stand in the gap for that purpose and ensure that projects initiated won’t be abandoned. The legislative chambers will be given a facelift for members,” he reiterated.
On the need to form an inclusive Government where women will have a solid input, he said that women will form a greater part of his Government.
“Women will highly be involved in the activities of my Government,
I will follow the footsteps of His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel and Wife, Dr Martha Udom by appointing women into key positions of leadership. Through Agriculture, we will make ONNA a hub for and a destination point for traders, while encouraging our youths and getting them engage in training.
We will build capacity and place food on the table of our children,” he said.
Responding, a Former Vice Chairman of Council, Hon Florence Ikpe said that she has closely followed Akparawa Iniabasi Ekanem and that he has been a mentor to hundreds of ONNA indigenes at home and in the diaspora including her children.
“Iniabasi has massive followership and whenever he his home, people identifies with him and that is one of the landmark of a good man. Humility is a major attributes of any great leader and Iniabasi possesses it.
As a career accountant, he will be accountable to the people if elected, ” she noted.
It will be recalled that prior to the 2017 local government election, His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel, while hosting stakeholders of ONNA in his banquet hall in Awa, had promised to ensure that ONIONG CLAN has a fair share of the number one position in the grassroot level by zoning the Chairmanship position to the zone.
Akparawa IniAbasi Ekanem, a native of Ikot Eko Ibon, Oniong West, stands out amongst other aspirant, having worked with a reputable company for many years before retiring home to handle his private business.