The Okopido’s funeral: A thank You Message from Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District APC Stakeholders Forum

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Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District APC Stakeholders Forum

The Okopido’s funeral: A thank You Message

The Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District APC Stakeholders Forum wishes to express her sincere gratitude to the leader of our party, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for identifying with the family of the former Minister of State for Environment, Late Dr. Ime Okopido and his younger brother and State Chairman of APC in Akwa Ibom State, Late Hon Ini Okopido. We appreciate Mr President’s message of condolence which was delivered by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, at the funeral service held at Ika Comprehensive High School, Ikot Akpan Anwa, Ika LGA, Akwa Ibom State on Saturday, December 5, 2020.

Our sincere thanks also goes to the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, HE. Senator Dr Godswill Akpabio, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, Acting National Chairman of the APC and Governor of Yobe State, HE, Mai Mala Buni, Acting National Secretary of the APC, Senator J.J. Udoedeghe, members of the APC National Working Committee,NWC, APC Governors, State Chairmen of APC, Atuekong Don Etiebet, the MD of Oil & Gas Free Zone Authority, Mr Umana Umana and wife Mrs Florence Umana, former MD of NDDC, Barr Bassey Dan Abia, Executive Director, Finance and Administration, NDDC, Effiong Akwa, Dr Amadu Attai, former APC State Chairman and Deputy Governorship Candidate and the Minister of Environment where the Late Dr Okopido served as it’s pioneer Minister of State.

We equally thank and appreciate the Akwa Ibom State Government delegation led by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, the PDP National Legal Adviser, Barr Emmanuel Enoidem, the PDP State Chairman, Hon Udo Ekpeyong, Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Caucus in the National Assembly and Senator Representing Uyo Senatorial district, Senator Bassey Albert, former Speaker Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly and member representing Etinan Federal Constituency, Hon Barr Onofiok Luke, former Minister of Housing, Hon Nduese Essien, Hon Commissioner for Information, Hon. Barr Ini Ememobong, and most especially the bipartisan burial planning committee comprising members of the APC, the PDP led by Abom Tony Esu, Rt Hon Engr Akanimo Edet, Hon Ntienyong Inyangmme, and the Committee of Friends and Ika Local Government Council, for their solidarity, moral and financial support towards the successful burial of the Okopido brothers.

It is gratifyiing to note that through this funeral, Akwa Ibom people came together to bid farewell to their brothers and friends, irrespective of party, tribe or religion, an action that has rekindled the spirit and ideals of our founding founders of the state.

We also commend Captains of Industries, Women and Youth groups for identifying with the bereaved family, and we ask God to bless all friends and sympathisers who supported and graced the occasion and grant all journey mercies back to their various destinations.

Long Live Akwa Ibom State

Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Signed;

Hon Dr Uwem Udoma,

For & On Behalf of

Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District APC Stakeholders Forum

Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State