The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has condoled with the family of its late statesman and first indigenous Governor, Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga, who died at the age of 68 after a brief illness.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, who led Honourable Members on a condolence visit to the family of the deceased in his country home, Ikot Nya, Nsit Ibom Local Government Area, on Tuesday, expressed grief and sadness over Otuekong Nkanga’s demise.
According to the Speaker, “Late Otuekong Nkanga, a retired Air Commodore of the Nigerian Air Force and former Military Governor of Akwa Ibom State, was a revered leader and a torchbearer for our dear state. He was the Director General of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Divine Mandate Campaign Organization (2015 and 2019), Chairman of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Chairman of the Ibom Airport Development Company and Chairman of Ibom Air. We sincerely commiserate with you and the entire family on this irreplaceable loss.”
He said Otuekong Nkanga’s demise “has created a big vacuum in Nsit Ibom, Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria. He will forever be remembered for his contributions to humanity, invaluable virtues and the legacies he left behind.”
Rt. Hon. Bassey, who recounted his effort as Chairman of a Book Launch Committee in honour of the late icon, urged members of the deceased family to “be strong, for God alone will give you and the family the fortitude, courage and comfort to bridge the vacuum that his exit has created. Do accept our condolences and best wishes.”
Responding, the deceased wife, Mrs. Funmi Idongesit Nkanga, said the family was very appreciative of the Speaker’s immeasurable support and concern for the family, saying thank you was not enough to express the family’s depth of gratitude.
She thanked members of the 7th Assembly for their show of love and further appealed that the good virtues of unity, love and togetherness, which the husband stood for, be emulated.
Also speaking, the deceased brother and Special Adviser in the State Bureau of Political and Legislative Affairs, Elder Amanam Nkanga, said the family was humbled by the visit and kind gesture extended to them by the entire Members of the House of Assembly.
“Your visit has strengthened us and it will make the legacies of our hero to live on. Our family will continually uphold and cherish this relationship. We sincerely thank you and pray God to bless all of you,” he said.
Another member of the family, Elder Ekang Nkanga, who also spoke, thanked the lawmakers for identifying with them at the trying period, maintaining that the visit will remained a mark of respect and regard for their late brother.
Highpoint of the visit was a special prayer session by the Deputy Speaker, Princess Felicia Bassey, for the bereaved family.
Members of the entourage included the House Leader, Sir Udo Kierian Akpan (Oruk Anam); Chief Whip, Otuekong Emmanuel Ekpenyong (INI); Deputy Leader, Barr Aniefiok Dennis Akpan (Etinan); Deputy Chief Whip, Otuekong Nse Essien (ONNA); Elder Aniekan Uko (Ibesikpo Asutan) and Rt. Hon. Effiong Bassey (Oron/Udung Uko).
Also in the team were Rt. Hon. David Lawrence (Eket); Elder Mark Esset (Nsit Atai); Chief Effiong Johnson (Mbo); Dr Charity Ido (Ukanafun); Elder Udeme Otong (Abak); Hon. Ifiok Udoh (Nsit Ibom); Hon. Mfon Idung (Ika/Etim Ekpo); Hon. Anietie Eka (Uyo), among others.
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