… lauds community on land donation, self-help initiative.
The A.R.I.S.E. Agenda blueprint of Governor Umo Eno led-administration in Akwa Ibom State has assuaged the age- long yearnings of the people of Ikot Nkwo in Ibesikpo-Asutan Local Government Area for a healthcare facility as the Governor has directed immediate construction of a model Healthcare center in the area.
The directive came on the heals of Governor Eno’s inspection tour of a health post in Ikot Nkwo -Asutan, where he discovered to his consternation that the primary healthcare facility has, over the years, been rendering its services to the locals in a shared accommodation with the Village Council and ordered for the commencement of work for a model Healthcare Centre to facilitate the relocation of the Health Post.
Speaking while inspecting the Health Post and parcel of land donated by the community to the state government for the primary healthcare facility, Governor Eno commended the self-help efforts of Ikot Nkwo community and their magnanimity in sacrificing the parcel of land for the health center, describing the gesture as a demonstration of goodwill and acceptability of government development drive and donated ten million naira to the community .
“We want to thank the entire village and the village council for donating this land. Provision of this land as far as I’m concerned, is a major stake that the community has done. Since you have accepted development, I want to assure you that development has come into this community.
“I assure you that in the next one week, work will commence on this site”, he assured.
The gesture, he added, underscores their collaboration as stakeholders in the development of the community and actualization of the goals of A.R.I.S.E. Agenda.
The governor also commended the health Officer-in-Charge of the Health Post, Mrs. Peace Blankson Effiong, for her commitment to serve humanity having utilized the make-shift facility to render healthcare services to the community.
Welcoming the Governor to the area, the Chairman, Ibesikpo-Asutan Local Government Council, Mrs. Akon Michael Asuquo, expressed gratitude to the governor for meeting the longtime yearning of the community through his A.R.I.S.E. Agenda blueprint.
The Council Boss was optimistic that the Health Centre, upon completion, will address the health care needs of the people particularly the women, children and the aged.
On his part, the Acting Village Head of Ikot Nkwo, Obong Ibanga Etukudo Enyieama, thanked the governor for the gesture and declared a total surrender of the parcel of land to the government, with assurances of the community’s support for the project to see the light of the day.
Stakeholders of the area including Mr Ide Owodiong, Elder Emmanuel Obot, Rt. Hon Eduok Eduok, Hon Eyakeno Etukudo, Youth Leader Comrade Michael Udo, among others were on hand to receive the Governor, who was accompanied by the SSG Prince Enobong Uwah, Head of Civil Service, Elder Effiong Essien and others