Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has called on politicians to act as bridge builders and discountenance traces of disharmony, saying that no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of rancour and acrimony.
Governor Emmanuel made the call while speaking at the funeral of Late Deaconess Elizabeth Eyo Ekpo, mother In-Law of the immediate past Commissioner for Investment, Commerce and Industry Barrister Emmanuel Enoidem, held at Christ The King Primary School grounds, Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo.
“The political class should close ranks and work for the peace and progress of the state to enable the state sustain the prevailing harmonious co existence which the state is noted for “such harmony, according to the Governor, would enable investors to open shops and carry out their businesses in their choice areas.
Mr Emmanuel who described the deceased as a quintessential mother who sacrificed her all, even as a widow, to give her children sound morals and good education explained that such upbringing has paid off as the high and mighty have turn up to accord her a befitting burial.
The Governor therefore urged the family, Church and her Community to be consoled by the fact that the deceased had lived a rewarding life and has lived behind legacies that would immortalise her in the years to come.
Barrister Emmanuel Enoidem, in his speech, lauded the Governor for sustaining their bond of friendship and urged him not to be distracted by sycophants whose stock in trade is to sow seed of discord to drive home their selfish interest.
He commended the Governor for rising above parochial sentiments in his quest for the industrialization of the state and urged him to keep the zeal afloat.
Barrister Enoidem spoke of his late mother in law as an epitome of love, discipline and a home builder who was loving, caring and virtuous to all who had dealings with her.
At the funeral service which was conducted by the Brotherhood of the Cross And Star, members of the Church celebrated the passage of Late Deaconess Elizabeth Ekpe with melodious tunes and dances typical of the Church to the admiration of top government functionaries including Deputy Governor Mr Mosses Ekpo, Senate Minority Leader Senator Godswill Akpabio, Senator Nelson Effiong, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Onofiok Luke, State Chief Judge Justice Stephen Okon, House of Assembly Members, Commissioners and Special Advisers.