Friday, 12 July 2019

C'River community honors Betta, Ettah, Ajah, others for democratic value

7th July, 2019 |Ukorebi

CALABAR - There's a popular saying that the reward for hardwork is more work. Another Chinese saying has it that, the reward of labour is gratitude. These were exactly what members of the Egbezum Traditional Council, Ebom, in Abi Local Government Area of Cross River state had in mind when they set aside Saturday, 6th July to specially recognise and  thank some prominent sons and daughters of Abi who stood by them in ensuring one of their son, Dr. Davies Ettah emerged as a member of the 9th Cross River State House of Assembly to represent Abi state constituency. 

Among those honored were Dr. Mrs. Betta Edu, immediate past Director General of Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Hon. Francis Ettah, former Commissioner, Ministry of International Donors and Hon. Francis Ajah, immediate past SA to the governor on Debt Management, others include Hon. Farathor Robinson, one time councillor of Abi legislative chambers, and Mrs. Ekama Awara. 

In his address, the chairman, Ebgezum Traditional Council, High Chief Orji Prince said the council thought it wise to appreciate those political leaders who stood by them to ensure the emergence of their son, Hon. Davies Ettah as member of the 9th Cross River State House of Assembly in the just concluded elections. 

He went on to task the awardees not to relent their efforts of ensuring the success of Dr. Davies even as a lawmaker, stating that there's still much work to be done, he advised that they continually nurture him through counselling, advises and calling him to order when need arises.

Mr. Ben Ohen, an elder statesman and community leader who presented the awards to all the awardees made it clear that the awards was meant to spur the awardees to do more. Ohen, who displayed his oratory skills and eloquence garnished with a deep sense of history, took out time to eulogies each of the awardees while bringing to the fore their unique qualities and contributions to the success story of Hon. Davies.  

In appreciation, some of the awardees who spoke said they were highly honored to have been recognised for the natural good works of humanity they carried out during the elections. 
While thanking the Egbezum Traditional Council for bestowing such honor on him,  Hon. Ajah Francis Ajah said his happiness and joy will be to see that Hon. Davies succeeds and attains greater political heights, while he informed that by virtue of his office, Hon. Dr. Davies Ettah now assumes the position of the political leader of Ebom in the PDP. 

Dr. Betta Edu who thanked the Egbezum Traditional  Council for the show of love and appreciation, further urged them to ensure peace returns to Abi, stating that peace has a way of fostering development in any community. Furthermore she charged them to support the government of senator(Prof.). Ben Ayade as well as the leadership of Hon. Davies Ettah with least criticism. 

In his words, Hon. Farathor Robinson, called for peace and Unity amongst communities in Abi LGA, Hon. Farathor who himself is a native of Ediba, demonstrated his appreciation for the honor and recognition given to by the Egbezum community by promising to sponsor 20 children from Egbezum community in secondary school for 5 a year period. Farathor said he believes education is one of the cardinal issues that should be addressed for community peace to be restored and sustained. 

Hon. Dr. Davies Ettah while appreciating his community for putting up such an event on his behalf noted clearly that the love he has enjoyed so far from them is beyond his imagination. He went on to reveal that as a child growing up in the village, he had always dreamt of standing out for his community but never knew the God was packaging him for something bigger.

"I am so much happy for the love my people had shown me. I never knew they loved me this much until I came out to contest this election. I had always dreamt of standing out for my community, but I didn't know God was packaging me for something big". He said.

"It is said that when a child washes his hands clean, he will definitely eat with the elders. It is also said that when you ask questions you will hardly miss your way. Nobody knows it all, none is an island of knowledge. While in the medical school, I was taught that a doctor who knows he can't treat his patient and quickly refers him to a specialist is wiser than he who allows greed takes over him and tries to treat the patient which may eventually lead to the death of the patient". He added. 

The lawmaker who noted with delight the crop of leaders available for him to seek counsel from whenever he is in a fix said these leaders have never failed him even as he promised to ensure he keeps the flag of his Egbezum community and that of the Abi local government flying high as their representative in the house.