The member representing the people of Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Dr Alex Egbona has expressed gratitude to the Cross River States governor, Prof Ben Ayade, for considering 35 of his Ekureku kinsmen for board appointments.
Egbona said in a statement on Friday that even though the appointments were not what he had expected from his people, it was heart-warming to know that the governor had his people at heart at all.
The member of parliament said he had expected the governor to consider his people for appointment either as commissioner, special adviser or special assistant or even appointment into boards that are known to be functional, so that the appointees can be useful to the community, especially as no Ekureku man has been appointed commissioner before.
“However, despite these reservations, I still thank my governor for even thinking of appointments for my people, even though there have been suspicions that the appointments my have been made because of the forthcoming rerun election.
“I wish to therefore urge the appointees to think of how to set their respective positions to contribute to the development of our state.
” I also wish to inform our Ekureku people not to be carried away by the board appointments to forget about the bigger picture.
“The January 25 rerun is an opportunity for us to take our destiny in our hands so that we can have a voice at the federal level. We should not sell our right for a plate of porridge.”
The deputy chairman of the House of Representatives committee on petroleum downstream said better days await the Ekureku people after the rerun, as he was hopeful that the mandate they freely gave him in February last year would be confirmed.
” I urge my people to know that a win for me means more development for the Ekureku people,” he said.