Mbiakong community in Central Uruan, Uruan Local Government Area came alive on Friday, June 22, as its illustrious son, Engr. Joseph Effiong, on behalf of the Akwa Ibom State Command of the Nigeria Police Force, move to build a befitting Police Post for the area.
Engr. Effiong, in his remarks, said the initiative to put up the facility came when members of the community and its environ persistently took laws into their hands, stirred up disunity and disharmony within the area, thereby putting crime and criminality on the increase.
“I want to sincerely thank the Police high command in the state for coming to flag off this project. For us, the only way to solve the age long crisis of the area is to take law and its enforcement agency and plant in the area,” he stressed.
He further said the project was apt, considering the envisaged road dualization project to be executed by Governor Udom Emmanuel, adding that the facility will also serve as a patrol post for commuters and the people of the area.
Responding, the representative of the Inspector General of Police, ACP Sylvester Edogbanya, commended the gesture of Engr. Effiong, and promised that the Command would make best use of the facility and won’t let the community down.
ACP Edogbanya, who flagged off the foundation laying ceremony, appealed to members of the community to cooperate with the force in fighting crimes and criminality, by giving useful information that would assist the Command in its intelligence gathering.
Speaking, Senator Emmanuel Ibok-Essien, commended the effort of the initiator of the facility towards enhancing security in the area and urged the people of the area to support it.
He said the presence of the police post will curtail criminal activities within the area and its surrounding communities.
Also speaking, Chairman of Uruan Local Government Council, Mr. Henry Isaiah Udofia, urged the people of the area to embrace the new dawn that has come and cooperate with the police for a lasting peace.
He warned the people of the community, particularly the youths to shun vices that could hamper development, peace, progress and harmony, saying “the essence of today’s event will be in vain if we do not strive for peace.”
In their separate remarks, Coordinator of Village Youth Presidents in Uruan, Mr. Daniel Effiong Akpan, and Head of PCRC, Mr. Edwin Eyo Etim, said the Police Post signals the beginning of peace in the area and gave assurance that the Mbiakong community was ready to collaborate with police to ensure safety of lives and property.
The event was witnessed by Special Assistant to the Governor on Research and Documentation, Mr. Emmanuel Nicholas; Uruan Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Mr. John Inyang-Abia; political leader of Uruan, Otuekong Peter Ekpe Atakpo; a former Commissioner from the area, Dr Donatus Okon; former member of AKHA, Engr. Eduok Eduok; PDP Ward Chairman of the area, Mr. Okon Ita; Mr. Augustine Ita, among others.