By Our Reporter
The Cross River State commissioner for finance, Mr. Asuquo Ekepenyong has called on other communities in the state to emulate the commitment and community efforts of the Association of Concerned Indigenes of Okoyong nation, ACIOC by coming up with similar community based associations to help promote peace and unity in the state.
The Commissioner gave the advice when the leadership of the association paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Calabar recently.
The association of concerned indigenes of Okoyong nation is a community based organization with membership spread across all the communities of Okoyong nation in Odukpani local government area.
Speaking during the visit, President of the association, Pastor Effiong Ekpo said the aim of the association was to foster peace and unity across the entire communities of Okoyong as well as promote humanitarian efforts by identifying and meeting the needs of the communities.
Pastor Ekpo who expressed appreciation to the commissioner for his giants strides as a leader in Odukpani also pleaded for his support to assist the people of Ubambat who were ravaged by communal war as well as look into the terrible road condition in Inua-Akpa Okoyong.
He also reiterate their commitment and support for the Ben Ayade administration, stressing that it was necessary considering the efforts of the state government across the state.
Responding, the commissioner promised to look into the complaints of the association, assuring that they will be addressed quickly.
He thanked the group for the visit and called on them to work with other communities across Odukpani LGA with the aim of establishing similar groups.
ACIOC is a frontline community based organization that have been involved in promoting several community efforts in Okoyong nation.
Last year, when Ubambat community was invaded by youths of Ikot Offiong community, the association provided several relief items including food and cash gifts to the people.