Indeed, Ephraim Inyang-eyen is one public servant, who, from observation, has reminded Akwa Ibom people of the laudable value of dignity in labour, hardwork, selflessness, integrity and a sense of purpose in the discharge of duty.
Armed with decades of experience in his previous engagement, Ephraim Inyang-eyen came to from the Nigerian Custom Service to join hands with Mr. Udom Emmanuel and well-meaning Akwa Ibom sons and daughters to steer the ship of the state in line with the industrialization agenda.
Accordingly, he has since been exemplary in discharging his responsibility and other assigned duties by exhibiting unalloyed loyalty to the vision of Governor Udom Emmanuel for Akwa Ibom people. That is why the state today is witnessing unprecedented re-designed and developed roads and infrastructure.
For the first time in history, the capital city of Uyo is witnesssing the construction of 66 internal Roads going on concurrently. Oro nation is having an explosion of Roads Contruction , Six Roads have been completed and commissioned in Oron Metropolis , another seven are ongoing
In Okobo, Atabong Road is under construction, Secratariat Road in Udung Uko , Etebi Ewang bridge will be commpleted in May 2018 , that is in Mbo Local Government .
Apart from intra Roads in the Local government Areas , Oro Nation is having a dualized Road from Uyo to the beach in Oron, and the construction is ongoing .
Today in Akwa Ibom State, seven dualized Roads are under construction and are on various levels of completion .
These Roads include , Ikot Oku Ikono – Etinan Road , Etinan -Ndo-Eyo Road , Airport Road -Oron Road , Etinan -Eket Road , Ibaka Superhighway, Eket Remodelling and the completed and commsioned Eket- Ibemo Road .
In reality virtually all Local government Areas have a road project , and since the inception of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration , over 1200km of Roads have been constructed .
Many may say, why are you giving glory of the the Governor to Akparawa Ephraim Inyang? But before you kill me Remenber the Story of the master who gave capital to his servents , others made profits from it and one choose to bury his talent?
The Honourable Commssioner may have choosen to bury his appointment by not trying to device means to ensure excesses are eleminated and he ensured proper supervision to checkmate Roads not being constructed according to specification.
On the payment of compensation, he removed the middle men who acted as valuers to property owners and excluded Government valuers from valuing and being the one to pay , by so doing he discouraged the valuers from coniving with property owners to over value a property and later share the procceeds .
The ministry employs a payment consultant who identitfies the property , evaluates if it was well valued or over valued and now makes the payment .
Apart from this, the Commissioner initiates Private partnership funding approach, where an investor funds a project and after a period of time the State Government pays the backlog .
This is why, with paucity of funds the Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Government is constucting over 1200km of Road , 41 bridges and 7 dual carriageway.
On a personal note, I have been a partaker of, and a witness to the blessing bestowed upon the state and its people by the good Lord through the wisdom of Mr Ephraim Inyangeyen in interpreting the vision of his boss.
Meanwhile, since this present government took its roots. Infact, Akwa Ibom people should be grateful to Ephraim Inyang-eyen, for his uncommon passion in assisting to ensure that, the Akwa Ibom project is realized.
However, I am told that his early strict Christian upbringing is what had laid the foundation for his inculcation of these core values of hardwork and respect for human dignity. And I know him to be a man of his word. His word is his bond. He is detailed, highly organized and imbued with infectious boldness.
As a philanthropist, Ephraim Inyang-eyen, over the years has indulged in empowering the down trodden in the society. His God given position has been of tremendous blessing to thousands of persons across the length and breath of the state and beyond.
He is God fearing, as he always demonstrates courage in executing the commands of his good reason and conscience. This attribute explains why he always shows compassion for the less-privileged. As we speak, motherless babies in orphanages across the three Senatorial Districts of the state, are singing Hosanna, courtesy of Ephraim Inyang-eyen’s largesse, such as cash donations, food items, toiletries, clothing, name them; as he marked his 51st birthday this year. His human nature explained his strong moral values and love for humankind.
Ephraim Inyang-eyen, apart from his administration exploit, has remained a strong grassroots politician, imbued with aesthetic sensitivity and deep sense of patriotism. To him, the whole essence of service is to impact on the lives of the people. And I see him as a social crusader, who always stands for justice and fairness.
As someone, who has the interest of the people at heart, and with undivided allegiance to the government of the day, he pledged his loyalty to the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel. He sued for continuous cooperation and support from Akwa Ibom people to Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration. He has however, argued that, what will guarantee the continuous benefits from the government of the day to the people would be the people’s unflinching support and goodwill to the Governor.
Ephraim Inyang-eyen has been acknowledged as a prophet loved by his own people. Some fellows described him as a superlative personality, who has the spark to truthfulness and honesty. Indeed, he has maintained the dignity of nature.
Numerous encomiums, accolades, certificates, trophies, awards conferred on Ephraim Inyang-eyen from across Nigeria and beyond, are testimonies that, indeed, he has contributed exceptionally to the development of the modern society.
That’s why, when Daily Independent Newspapers award to this agile public servant has spurred so many to rise and join hands in making success of a collective vision for a greater Akwa Ibom. And for those who directly worked with him, they can testify of his good heart, kind spirit and fatherly nature that he possesses.
But let me place in record that, Ephraim Inyang-eyen, has shown unparalleled interest in the well-being of the people of Akwa Ibom and of course, that of the state’s welfare, and I hope that, there is need to continue to trust that, better days await Akwa Ibomites, even as Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration marches on.
As we celebrate Akparawa Ephraim Inyang-eyen this year, I pray that, God who searches the heart of men reward him for all his labour of love with long life, peace and prosperity; Amen