Natives of Oron Nation in Akwa Ibom State, residing in the United States of America (USA) have been commended for being inspiring and committed to rendering service to their fatherland through series of communal activities which help to strengthen and sustain their survival question.
The Council of Oro Traditional Rulers (COTR) stated this in their goodwill message delivered during the 26th annual Conference of Oron Development Union, ODU, USA Inc. in Dallas Texas, tagged, 'Dallas 2018 Conference'.
The COTR maintained that the sacrifices made by ODU, USA to "promote development of infrastructure and health services back home" and their "ingenuity in maintaining and promoting the rich cultural heritage of Oro Nation" were "sources of inspiration and joy", showing their high sense of responsibility in responding to the needs and yearnings of Oro, as well as preserving the cultural heritage of their people.
The council whose goodwill message was signed by the chairman, HRH Offong Effiong Unanaowo and the secretary, HH Offong Etim Oquong, felicitated with the ODU, USA, charging them to remain focused and united in their resolve and love to move Oro forward.
The message reads in parts:"It is pertinent to thank the Almighty God for his grace on all of you, which has enabled you to remain focused and united in your resolve and love to move Oro forward. The sacrifices made by your members to promote the development of infrastructure and health services back home is a source of inspiration and joy to all of us. HRM Ahta Oro VII, the COTR and Oro people highly appreciate this high sense of responsibility as well as your ingenuity in maintaining and promoting our rich cultural heritage".
Delivering her address, President General of Oron Union, Chief Janet Amba described the youth of Oro Nation, the third largest Ethnic Nationality in Akwa Ibom State, as being industrious and hardworking, having been divinely "blessed with raw talents and unbounded creativity".
She said Oro youth who have unfortunately been neglected due to lack of political will and enabling environment could no longer develop or utilize their God-given skills to the maximum.
Oro Nation include the five local governments of Oron, Udung Uko, Mbo, Urue Offong/Oruko and Okobo who collectively make up the third largest Ethnic Nationality in Akwa Ibom State, but who are believed to have been marginalised in terms of development, having been tagged minority.