A director in the Federal Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Nkanta George-Ufot, has emerged the new president, League of Akwa Ibom Professionals during an election held in Abuja.
George-Ufot replaced Obong Essien Esema, who ran the affairs of the association from 2010 till Wednesday, July 8. Esema is currently the chairman of a petroleum task force in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.
A statement from the national publicity secretary of the League, Mr. Etim Imisim, said the group was established in order to advance the professional goals and aspirations of people of Akwa Ibom State origin and to promote good governance and democracy in the state.
Performing the swearing-in ceremony for the executives, a lawyer and chairman, board of trustees of the League, Obong Esema, with the assistance of managing director of Nanet Hotels, Chief Ini Akpabio, he urged them to live up to the ideals and legacies of the association, especially as the 2015 general elections approach.
Esema and the outgoing executives were commended for undertaking educational, research and enterprise development programmes and activities which benefited the state and the association.
According to the statement, the association collaborated with a US-based non-governmental organization, Books for Africa, and procured 22,000 volumes on various subjects for the state.
It said the books, valued at N28 million were distributed to over 60 primary and secondary schools, as well as universities, polytechnics and colleges of education at Ibom Hall on December 9, 2011 and witnessed by the state commissioner for education, who represented Governor Godswill Akpabio.
In his acceptance speech, George-Ufot said he joined the association five years ago, stressing, “I met people of like minds, and those I admired and would like to work with. We came here because we love our state. We have a lot to do.”