By Timothy Ekpo
The Akwa Ibom deputy governor, Mr Moses Ekpo, has received Mr UNIUYO 2021, King Benjamin Jonas, and pledged to assist him in the actualisation of his programmes as part of his activities to end his tenure.
The deputy governor, who said during a courtesy visit of the institution’s King to him at Government House, Uyo, congratulated King Benjamin Jonas, for emerging as Mr UNIUYO, and the wonderful things he said about him, adding that such virtues would encourage him to be a good model that would make Akwa Ibom and Nigeria a better place.
He told the 2021 crowned Mr UNIUYO that he was captivated and interested in the programmes to be executed by King Benjamin Jonas, as part of his activities to round off his tenure and would provide him the needed assistance.
The deputy governor explained that when Mr UNIUYO opted to put up a seminar and symposium on the topic “Language, A Tool For Economic Growth and Post Colonisation Of Nigeria and the Depleting State of the Nigerian Culture”, it touches his nerves, as language was a tool for economic development.
He said that since language and culture were two key issues that promote identity, the committee that would be set up to handle the seminar, should look at how culture could be incorporated with a view to improving the socio-economic growth of the people.
Mr Ekpo assured Mr UNIUYO that he would assist in the publication of the proposed magazine as the basis for the communication of thoughts.
Earlier, Mr UNIUYO said he had come to see the deputy governor and thanked him for the role he played to ensure that he started school and looking forward to graduating with Second Class Upper Division.
He told the deputy governor that students of the University of Uyo have found him to be an ambassador of the institution, as Mr UNIUYO, pointing out that this feat could not have been possible if the deputy governor whom he addressed as his grandfather, did not assist him to gain admission.
He said, he was proud of the deputy governor and that looking into his records, Mr Moses Ekpo, had set a pace which had kept him thinking outdoor his comfort zone to meet and exceed the legacies he would be leaving.
Mr UNIUYO, said he was at the deputy governor’s office to request him to feature and assist in the publication of the Total Council Magazine, being a pet project to enable him wrapped up his tenure as Mr UNIUYO.
King Benjamin Jonas, listed other areas which he needed the assistance of the deputy governor as planned visit to UNIUYO Clinic, where he hoped to donate bed materials, hosting of seminar and symposium on language and culture, among others.