His Majesty, Obong Blaise Awakama, the Fifth Itai Afe Annang, has called for oneness and peace in Akwa Ibom State during a meeting with Governor Umo Eno. Holding the highest traditional position within the second largest ethnic group in the state, Obong Awakama underscored the deep interweaving of the communities, highlighting the countless cross-cultural marriages between Ibibios and Annangs. He referred to Governor Umo Eno as his “Golden Son” and commended him for embodying virtues of peace, humility, and Christian values.
The monarch urged concerted efforts to preserve the existing peace, particularly in light of ongoing resolutions surrounding the Traditional Rulers Council (TRC) matter. Expressing his support for Governor Umo Eno, Obong Awakama acknowledged the governor’s commitment to leadership and expressed confidence in his re-election. He emphasized the significance of maintaining unity in the state, with a positive outlook toward resolving the TRC issue amicably.
Governor Umo Eno, during his informal visit to the Royal Father’s palace in Abak, expressed gratitude to the people of Annang land for their overwhelming support in the last election. He reassured the monarch and the community of his dedication to developmental plans, including the construction of an international market in Ikot Ekpene and the establishment of a medical corridor between Ibom Specialist Hospital and Four Points by Sheraton. Governor Umo Eno also highlighted his ARISE Initiative, aimed at appreciating the contributions of the elderly by providing financial support transparently.
Addressing the ongoing Traditional Rulers’ Council issue, Governor Umo Eno called for patience and understanding, urging elders to unite and facilitate dialogue among themselves. He acknowledged the legal proceedings and assured a resolution to the matter in due course, emphasizing the importance of collaboration in achieving unity among the people.