Tuesday, 5 February 2019

2019 Eburutu Day: Obong of Calabar preaches unity among Efik communities

Our Correspondent|5 February 2019 

The Obong of Calabar HRM Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu the 5th has preached for peace among Efi mk communities in the state NEGROIDHAVEN can say authoritatively. 

He stated this during the 2nd Eburutu Day Celebration with the theme " Globalizing our potentials" which held at Atan Onoyom in Eniong Abatim Odukpani local government area. 

The monarch who was clearly amazed by the organization and how much work was put in for this year's event, praised the organizers and the people of Eburutu. 

"I am hugely impressed with what I have seen here today and I am glad to be a part of it, I thank all those involved in ressurecting this festival as I have been made to understand that the last time it held was in 2010," 

Continuing, the monarch said "I have been given full assurance by the Chairman of the occasion, High Chief Dr. Asuquo Ekpenyong that going forward, this festival will be sustained and I promise to lend my support whenever I am needed." 

This is a festival that promotes unity, love and togetherness amongst our people and I charge all of you to stay as one. 

Edidem Abasi otu who observed that Odukpani LGA is such a vast Local Government and should in ideal circumstance, be further given additional LGA's to allow for more rapid developments, urged the people not to give up hope but to continue in their fervent participation in the scheme of things, so that Odukpani will not be forgotten when the time comes.  

"Odukpani is such a massive local government and in reality another two local governments can be carved out from Odukpani but I urge you all not to despair as festivals such as this will bring the needed attention to Odukpani"

Speaking earlier, the chairman of Eburutu assembly High Chief Dr Asuquo Ekpenyong enumerated why the Eburutu day is important to the people of Odukpani. 

"As a people we are not just here for show or to make fun, but to showcase the rich economic potentials and cultural heritage of the Eburutu people. "

Chief Asuquo Ekpenyong who opined that Eburutu has been silent for too long advised the people to participate fully in the political process to elect leaders that can bring developments to the area. 

"Eburutu has been silent for too long and we want that to stop, we have already started and you can see that by the political appointments that are already coming to Eburutu. You also have developments in terms of infrastructure coming into Eburutu and I am happy to announce to you that in this year's budget in Cross River all the 5 mother clans of Eburutu have been captured with one project or the other." 

Also speaking, the Paramount ruler of Odukpani HRM Otu Asuquo Otu Mesembe the 6th praised the organizers of the event and advised that invitation should be extended to other efik communities to ensure a larger crowd. 

"I sincerely want to thank the organizers and the good people of Eburutu for this day, my wife is from Atan and I know Atan Onoyom boast of an array of beautiful women. This festival is such beauty to behold and I would like to advise that other efik communities be invited for the next edition" . He also advised that the event should be held bi- annually so that it can be more recognized. 

Highlights of the day include: Presentation of awards to deserving sons and daughters of Eburutu for their outstanding service to the community and the formation of Eburutu traditional rulers council which will be headed by High Chief Dr Asuquo Ekpenyong.

Accordingly, a staff of office was presented to him by the Obong of Calabar as a symbol of authority vested on him to superintend as proclaimed and agreed by the Etuboms and clan heads of Eburutu who presented him for installation by the Obong of Calabar as His Royal Highness Dr Asuquo Ekpenyong.

The awardees include: 
Mr Asuquo Ekpenyong commissioner for finance
Dr James Ekpenyong Okon
Elder Dr David Okon
Elder Esu Ayara
HRH Etinyin Asuquo
Rev Augustine Eyibio 
Dr Mrs Edisua Ita
Engr Chief Essien E Ntung
Chief Edet Bassey. 

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