The Paramount Ruler Ibeno Local Government Area His Royal Majesty Owong Effiong Bassey Archianga has been sworn -in as the Chairman Akwa Ibom State Council of Chiefs.
The State Governor Mr Udom Emmanuel who administered oath of office on the new Chairman, commended the peaceful transition heralding the emergence of Dr Effiong Archianga as the new chairman to conduct the affairs of the State Council of Chiefs. He described the reign of the out going Chairman Edidem Silas Akpan as rewarding stressing that he had restored dignity to the traditional institution by aligning the council with the lofty programmes of government.
The Governor noted that the event which is an integral part of activities marking the 28th anniversary celebration of the State Creation also redirect attention and emphasized the importance of the traditional institution.
Governor Emmanuel described the Royal fathers as partners in the development drive of his administration and called on them to entrench the ideals of peace and order in their domain by eschewing acts that would contravene the sanctity of the traditional institution.”you are taking staff of office at the time our state is on the path of industrialization, job creation and all round development.
You are to use your staff of office as a good Shepherd and show direction that will enhance development in line with the dream of the government ”
He said that the presentation of staff of office to Edidem Archianga confers on him the authority to pilot the affairs of the traditional Rulers Council in the state and enjoined him to discharge his duties with decorum. He assured the Royal fathers of enhanced welfare package.
Earlier the Commissioner for Local Government And Chieftaincy Affairs Mr Victor Antai thanked the Governor for his profound concern on the welfare of the traditional institution and called the royal fathers to reciprocate government magnanimity on them by ensuring that peace reign in their domain. Mr Antai congratulated the new the new Chairman and wished him a successful tenure of office.
The outgoing Chairman His Royal Majesty Edidem Edem Akpan said his tenure had recorded relative peace and attributed his successful reign to the support which he enjoyed from his colleagues. He however decried attempt by some miscreants who sponsored malicious publications to smear the image of the Council of Chiefs and root the government against the revered Institution. He said he had forgiven them and advised them to desist from such acts as he noted such actions will not fetch them any good.
While calling on Politicians to desist from desecrating the Royal institution by bringing it into political battle Edidem Akpan thanked Governor Emmanuel for sustaining the welfare package approved for them by erstwhile administration. He congratulated his successor Edidem Archianga for stepping into the office wishing him God”s guidance in the discharge of his responsibilities.
The new Chairman Edidem Archianga who described his new office as a call to higher responsibility said he would Consolidate on the achievements of his predecessor, maintain peace and work for the realisation of the divine mandate of Governor Emmanuel’s administration.