As it is often said when a child blossoms such child deserves commendation of the parents and immediate family. That is the case of Hon (Mrs) Justina Joseph Edem as Ikoneto Community of Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State on Saturday in a fierce grand style held a Civic reception in honour of their daughter who recently was Inaugurated as the first female Chairman of Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State.

The Chairman of the occasion, Hon Oqua Edet Oqua said this is a great mark of unity and love among the great sons and daughters of Odukpani. He said Odukpani in the last few years have been facing internal communal crisis but thanks to the emergence of Mrs Justina Edem who is a woman of peace who has vow to brought an end to the internal wrangling of Odukpani Communities.

Responding, the Chairman of Odukpani Local Government Area and the Honoree, Hon (Mrs) Justina Edem described the success of Odukpani LGA to the pessimistic nature of the people who are very entrepreneurial and hard-working.

” I desire to restore hope and confidence in the local government with aspirations that are about higher standards tailored to people’s individual needs. I remain grateful to my Community ‘Ikoneto’ for the love, support and cooperation.

Mrs Edem acknowledged and appreciate the support of the State Governor, Senator Prof Ben Ayade and his dear wife, Dr Linda Ayade towards the people Odukpani.

Earlier Speaking, Chairman Planning Committee, Elder (Hon) Dr. Mrs Asuquo-anwan Attah (JP) disclosed that Ikoneto which is one of the Communities sharing common boundaries with Akwa Ibom State is prone to external attacks and for many years now the Community has been playing host to refugees and Internally displace persons (IDPs) from neighboring Communities who are affected from the Crisis. She used the opportunity to appeal to the State Government through the Odukpani Chairman to prevail on relevant authorities to come to the rescue of the community by renovating and equipping schools and health centres so as to reduce the burden on the people.

Representative of the Governors Wife Dr Linda Ayade and the Coordinator of CROWEI, Hon Lawrencia Ita (JP) commended Mrs Justina Edem for her proactive steps by ensuring the unity and peace of Odukpani is her first priority while calling on the sons and daughters of Odukpani to support her administration in the council.

Giving her goodwill message, the Chairman of Calabar South Local Government Area, Hon (Mrs) Esther Bassey eulogized the Ikoneto people for honoring her colleague who according to her is the brimstone of development, youth empowerment and transformation.

Similarly the Deputy Speaker of Cross River State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Joseph Bassey enjoined the good people of Odukpani LGA to be united, live in peace and harmony.

Highlight of the event was presentation of Award of honours to prominent sons and daughters of Odukpani ranging from the Commissioner of Finance, Mr Asuquo Ekpenyong Jr, Elder (Hon) Dr. Mrs Asuquo-anwan Attah (JP) amongst others.

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