**Pays Glowing Tribute to Late Chief Thomas Nwoko*

Wife of Akwa Ibom Governor Mrs. Ekaette Unoma Akpabio at the weekend thanked the women of Ika LGA for their tremendous support over the years and for turning out en-mass to vote the PDP in the just concluded general elections adding that the incoming administration will build on the already existing infrastructures for proper industrialization of the state.

She made the remark during the funeral service of Late Chief Thomas Nwoko, father of the Attorney general and Commissioner for Justice Akwa Ibom State, Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko at Ibiakane, Ika local Government area.

Speaking at the funeral, Mrs. Akpabio paid special tribute to the late chief saying that Pa Nwoko having finished his course on earth, had gone to rest with his creator noting that it is not how long you liveon earth but
how impactful you are to your generation. She described Pa Nwoko as a rare gem who delighted in training his children for the betterment of the

Mrs. Akpabio urged the bereaved family not to weep, but rather rejoice and celebrate his legacies which is evident in his children. She also took out time to condole with the widow, Mrs. Eno Nwoko saying that she was optimistic that her children will fill the vacuum left by her husband.

Representing the Governor Chief Godswill Akpabio at the event, secretary to Government, Engr. Nkereuwem Ekanem presenting the Governor’s condolence
described Pa Nwoko as a patriarch whose wealth of wisdom will be greatly missed. He said Pa Nwoko was a community leader whose contributions to his
immediate community and the state at large were immense and added that his departure is a great loss to the state.

Also speaking, the Governor-elect of the state, Deacon Udom Emmanuel urged the bereaved family to take solace in the legacies that their late father
left behind. He said Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko is truly a worthy child of the Nwoko’s family. He also used the occasion to thank the people of Ika for the overwhelming support and votes he got during the April 11 gubernatorial elections, promising that he will not fail to reciprocate the love shown.

In his sermon, the officiating minister, Pastor Ibangna Udoiyang of the Redeemed Christian church charged everyone to live exemplary lifestyle reasoning that death is inevitable for all human.

Late chief Thomas Johnson Nwoko was a retired court bailiff in the state ministry of justice. He died at the age of 86 and left behind his wife, children, grandchildren to mourn his demise.

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