Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, on Thursday, gave a warm farewell to the former Commissioner for Special Duties in the state, late Akparawa (Arc. Otuekong) Idongesit Udokpo, who passed on recently after a brief ailment.
In a condolence message at the funeral service held at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mbiatok Itam, Itu Local Government Area, Governor Emmanuel, who was represented by the Honourable Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Charles Udoh, described the deceased as a devoted father and Christian who lived an exemplary life of service to his fatherland and left indelible imprints which death cannot erase.
He said that late Otuekong, despite his huge responsibilities covering as wide as swath as Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Political and Legislative Affairs and other assignments as were deemed fit, discharged his tasks credibly.
The Akwa Ibom Information Boss further disclosed that the deceased, a co-founder of the Ibibio Nation foremost socio-political organisation, Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, community leader, foremost Architect, served the state meritoriously and rose to become Commissioner in the Ministry of Special Duties.
According to him, late Akparawa (Arc.) Idongesit Udokpo contributed immensely to the growth and development of Itu LGA, his home town, and was known and identified with the sterling virtues of hard work, diligence, discipline, and commitment to excellence, adding that the memory of his accomplishments and diligence will remain a lasting legacy which shall be conserved in the hearts of many he touched with his quintessential life.
Late Idongesit Udokpo was Commissioner of Special Duties during the Obong Victor Attah-led administration in 1999. He died on 1st December, 2017 after a brief ailment. He was aged 60.
The funeral service was also graced by former Governor of the State, Arc. Obong Victor Attach; his Deputy, Chris Ekpenyong; Commissioner for Housing and Special Duties, Mr Akan Okon; former Speaker, AKHA, Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Bassey Essien; member representing Itu State Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Idongesit Ituen; Oil and Gas Free Zone MD, Obong Umana Okon Umana and other government functionaries.