May 27 is traditionally the children’s holiday in Nigeria. First established by the United Nations in 1964, the day remains important in the lives of many Nigerian kids.
As part of activities to commemorate this year’s Children’s Day celebration in Akwa Ibom State and Ibesikpo/Asutan Local Government Area in particular, a thanksgiving service was held on Sunday the 23rd of May, 2021 at the The United Evangelical Church, Mbak Ekpe in Ibesikpo/Asutan Local Government Area.
The event which continued on the 27th of May at the Ibesikpo Asutan mini stadium, had as its theme “Unite to reverse the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on Children'”.
Addressing Children and guests at the the event, the Executive Chairman, Ibesikpo/Asutan Local Government Area, Hon. (Mrs) Akon Micheal stressed the need for parents to ensure they lead their wards on the right path of moral attitude and obedience to the laws of the land.
Mrs Akon said parents play pivotal roles in impacting, Shaping and instilling right values on their children as she implored youths to shun drug abuses and other social vices which according to her, can mar their purpose in life.
She urged Parents to be desirous of building a better future for the children and keep them away from societal ills which may destroy them.
She however advises the children to stay away from the use of abusive and addictive substances while concentrating on their studies as her administration will ensure a conducive learning environment for developments and potentials.
The high points of activities at the event featured match pasts by the nursery schools category, the primary schools category, and the adult and non formal schools category. Others were, the secondary schools category, uniform organizations, and other political and social groups, including the Presentation of awards, exercise books and cultural dances.
Accordingly, results for the match pasts competition was announced.
For the Nursery schools category, Holy Child school, Ikot Ebre Asutan took the lead while Primary school Christ City College Ikot Ikan emerged first position for the primary school category, as Lutheran high school Obot idim coasted home with the First Position for the secondary School category.
In other competition, Methodist Group school Ikot Nkim/Oku emerged first position for the cultural dance while Lutheran International nursery school Obot idim took first position for the nursery School category.
Similarly, the director of Finance, Mrs Mfon Ekanem who also marked a year older today, was celebrated by the good people of Ibesikpo/Asutan.
Notable at the events were: the vice chairman Hon. (Evan) Edidiong Inyang, Leader of the legislative chamber, Hon. Edet Effiong Itiema, the Head of Local Government service, Mr victor Daniel, and Councillors.
Others were; the Director of works, Engr. Ifiok Linus, Director of BPRS, Mr Emmanuel Udoh, Director SDEISC, Mrs Uduak Udoh, Director of Agriculture and food Sufficiency, Mrs Anietie Ebereso, Director of health Mrs Ekemini Udofia, and the Paramount Rular Ibesikpo/Asutan, HRM Edidem 111 Clement Francis.