The former speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Chief Peter Linus Umoh, has been honoured and celebrated by the State Council of Radio, Television and Theatre Art Workers Union (RATTAWU) for his selfless political ideals and human capacity development.
The award of honour, which coincided with the recipient’s birthday, according to the union, was in recognition of the erstwhile lawmaker’s “commitment, selfless contributions and friendly disposition to the ideals of RATTAWU and the Akwa Ibom project”.
The event which took place last Friday at the celebrator’s Ewet-Housing resident, Uyo, witnessed huge crowd ranging from notable politicians in the state, youth and political groups, women associations and representatives of the Oron Union.
The elated former speaker and member of the House of Representatives, Chief Peter Umoh, who described the solidarity and honour done him by RATTAWU as “remarkable”, pledged his unflinching support to the union and its activities.
His words: “I am endeared to the RATTAWU and your course, and I will remain an interested party in your business. Therefore, I want to assure you that as you grow, I’ll be growing with you“.
Umoh enjoined members of the union to be steadfast to the commitment of their professional duties towards the development of the state, adding that what they could not achieved presently as civil servants and unit within the remaining part of this administration would be achieved with next government.
While charging the new RATTAWU leadership in the state on selfless service, the former chairman of Okobo Local Government Area said that they (leadership) cannot afford to disappoint those that elected them into office.
According to him, unionism was basically aimed at the protection of members’ interest at all times and this must be done with great sense of purpose to ensure success.
“I trust you will render selfless service as you have the popular mandate to serve”, he stated while appealing to those who lost the elections to team up with incumbent leadership in order to achieve the objective of the union.
Earlier, the chairman, Akwa Ibom State Council of Radio, Television and Theatre Art Workers Union (RATTAWU), Comrade Samuel Essien, disclosed that the union has come as a body not just to fête with the former lawmaker, but to bestow on him an award of honour.
The RATTAWU boss explained that the union’s award was neither for the highest bidder nor the most influential persons in the society, but those with creative mindset and hold the ideologies of RATTAWU.
He said that the recipient’s track record, since he became the speaker of Akwa Ibom, federal lawmaker to date speaks volumes considering his human capacity development efforts, as well as his ability to live a simple lifestyle irrespective of the height he had attained in life, accounts for choosing him for the award.
Essien, however, sought the support of the former speaker for the union and their fast-approaching RATTAWU Week, just as he congratulated the celebrator at 65 years, and prayed God’s continuous protection and blessings for him.
Among other individuals and groups that tendered goodwill messages, the president-general of Oron Union, Bishop Etim Ante represented by the general secretary of the union, Dr. Christopher Okon, who led a delegation of the union to the occasion, noted that he was not surprised at the crowd who turned out to celebrate with Chief Umoh at his 65 birthday.
Ante said he would rather have been shocked to find few people at the event, stressing that it was normal after committing your life to serving your people at several capacities they should in turn celebrate with you in an occasion of this nature.He said the huge crowd was the tonic he needed to live long as it was an indication of the assurance that the people love and admire him for serving them meritoriously.