March 5, 2021

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Ukelle New Yam: Group Honours Outstanding Individuals

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The South Ukelle Bridge Association (SUBA), a pan Ukelle organization with strong resolve to ensure social justice, change and sustainable development, yesterday honoured deserving personalities with awards, having rendered selfless service in Ukelle and Cross River State.
Formed in 2011, SUBA bears the symbol of light, conscious of ensuring that people acquire academic, economic, social and political awareness for personal as well as collective development.
Also, it envisions a united Ukelle where youths have access to basic information, skills, heightened literacy levels particularly women, in order to participate fully in shaping lives for meaningful progress in the society.
Speaking on the planned event, Dr Stephen Ekwok, a clan coordinator of the association said “SUBA has championed many worthy causes ranging from conducting seminars, donation of notebooks to different schools, providing medical outreach in the war torn area and giving succour to the less privileged particularly widows in Southern part of Ukelle”.
According to its mandate, SUBA maintained that its selection process follows a thorough screening of several nominations, adding that the selection criteria were based on verifiable impact on human and community development in line with its vision.
Earmarked for the Ukelle New Yam Festival, key figures of the maiden award billed for 16th September, 2019 would honour outstanding individuals who have carved a niche for themselves in different spheres of human endeavour.
Immediate past commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Cross River state, John Ulafor, a former chairman of Yala Local Government, Fidelis Egoro, a young technocrat, Mr Henry Onwe and a foremost educationist in Ukelle, Mr Isaac Okpokpo, have been listed for merit award for distinguishing themselves so far in their service to humanity.
In a statement, Peter Onwe, chairman, SUBA award committee highlighted major achievements of Egoro as “facilitating electrification of Ogba, Ijama, Ipollo, Okpodon, Ogogomo and Mfuma communities, construction of Abey bridge and construction of Ipollo-Eja road”.
While reeling Onoh’s achievements, Onwe spoke of the, “electrification projects, establishment of Community Secondary School, Ijokom and installation of solar street lights in some communities in South Ukelle.”
On his part, chairman of SUBA, Augustine Chokpa said “Henry Onwe deserves the award for influencing massive employment of Ukelle graduates into different sectors across the country”.
Chokpa also enumerated Okpokpo’s track records ranging from, “dedication of most of his productive energies in the sustenance of peace and social progress in Ukelle.”

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