By Archibong Jeremiah
The Clan Head of Ekinta, in Akamkpa local government of Cross River State, Ntufam Francis Etta has identified selling of job slots meant for the natives of Mbubui, a community in Ekinta, to non-indigenes as a major factor in the feud among the past administrations of Mbubui Youths Development Association.
He said this while speaking recently at the inauguration of the association’s new executive council held at Mbubui, Ekinta
According to the clan head who because of his ill health was represented by Ntufam Richard Ayuk Aneaman, Village Head of Akorowue, job slots allocated by companies the community is hosting to natives are sold out by executive members of the association and that has led to the protracted crises among members of the association.
He revealed that “The gods are not happy about this situation”, beckoning on the new executive members to chart a new course and remain steadfast if tangible achievement is their goal.
Mr. Effiong Emmanuel, a Director in the Ministry of Youths and Sports who represented the ministry at the inauguration, also charged members of the group to adopt peace as a panacea to the long standing crisis which has impeded the association’s growth for over 3 years leading to the factionalization of the group.
According to Mr. Effiong, the state government wants peace among members of the association because it recognizes the fact that fighting cannot bring growth and development, it only brings destruction; maintaining that only dialogue can ensure even growth and development.
The Director who was represented by the Youth Development Officer of Akamkpa LGA, Mr. Mbeh Osita Ojen enjoined the youths to shun divisive attitudes and work in unison with all and sundry.
UNICEM Host Community President, Mr. Paul Effiong who also spoke at the event, encouraged the new executives to shun all existing divisions within the group and forge ahead as a united front and assured them that: “If you stand as one the sky is your limit”.
In his response, the newly inaugurated President, Mr. Vincent maintained that “Though I am not a saint but I will do my best to leave up to exception”.
The new executive members of the group include: Ayuk Vincent Agbor (President), Michael Mkpot (Vice President), Ojong Etta (Secretary General), Ojong Otang (Assistant Secretary General), Glory Ojong (Treasurer), Sylvanus Otang (Financial Secretary), Ntui Lawrence Mkpot (Public Relations Officer), Bassey Sunday Utereh (Provost One), Sylvia Patrick Otang (Women Leader 1) and Stella Etim Etta (Women Leader 2).
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