Vanguard (Lagos)

20 April 2004

Nigeria: Ogbeh Wants More Federal Appoinments for A-Ibom Natives

Uyo — NATIONAL Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Audu Ogbeh has decried the low number of Akwa Ibom natives representing the state at the the Federal level, saying with the human potentials and natural resources of the people, the Federal government should give the people more appointments at the centre.

Chief Ogbeh who spoke in Etinan at the coronation of the paramount ruler of the area said there was no doubt that people of the state were intelligent, educated and hardworking hence the need for them to be integrated fully into the scheme of things at the federal level.

The PDP national chairman who was also honoured with a chieftaincy title by the people of Etinan charged natives of the state to always aim at being in the forefront of events in Nigeria.

"I am confident that through concerted efforts, unity of purpose, determination and commitment, this state can groom more competent persons to represent it at the federal level. We know that Akwa Ibom has the natural resources and the human potentials to do that. And if this is done, the state will continue to grow". Ogbeh stated.

Chief Ogbeh who was honoured with the title of Obong Iberedem Iman Ibom meaning Chief supporter of Iman Ibom people said he would more than ever before contribute to the growth of the state which he acknowledged as one on Nigeria's food baskets.

The state Deputy Governor, Obong Chris Ekpenyong who stood in for Governor Victor Attah at the event commended Chief Ogbeh for attending the coronation describing the PDP chairman as someone who has made tremendous contributions to the growth of Akwa Ibom and Nigeria.

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