By Our Reporter
The youths of Ibibio nation, nay, Akwa Ibom State, have once again been reminded on the need to shun negative tendencies that could mar their future.
This admonition came from the President, Uyio Ikpaisong Ibibio and Paramount Ruler of Etinan Local Government Area, HRM, Edidem Ime Dickson Umoette JP.
The Monarch who is also the General Overseer of the Divine African Church stated this on Tuesday at the Ibom International Airport shortly on arrival from Abuja where he had gone to receive the national Award of Officer of the Order of the Niger, OON, bestowed on him by the President and Commander-in-chief, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR.
While expressing his appreciation to Mr. President for the honour, and Governor Godswill Akpabio for recommending him, he maintained that the honour will spur him to do more for his people in particular and Akwa Ibom State in general.
Edidem Umoette who noted that the honour did not come to him as a surprise however said that hard work would always be rewarded.
“Well, not so much a surprise. Since I ascended this throne as a Paramount Ruler, I have tried my best, not only for Etinan people, but for the State at large. I thank God for rewarding me. I am grateful to the Governor, Chief (Dr) Goodswill Obot Akpabio, CON, and our President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, for the honour they have done to me. This honour is for me to continue to work harder and to do good things, having in mind that one day I will be rewarded”.
Commenting on the crowd of people that came out to receive him, Edidem Umoette said he will remain eternally grateful to his people for the show of love towards him and advised everyone to be hardworking, bearing in mind that such shall not go unrewarded.
It would be recalled that President Jonathan on the 29th of October, 2014, in Abuja, bestowed on eminent Nigerians different categories of National awards in recognition of their contributions in their different fields of endeavour towards the growth of the country and humanity at large.