Gov Emmanuel's CPS Quits Bachelorhood
It was a moment of celebration as top government functionaries, political stakeholders, business tycoons, converged on Chief Allen Awakessien Compound along Faith Road off Nkemba Street, Uyo – the Akwa Ibom State Capital to witness the traditional wedlock of former Miss Inyene Awakessien and Mr Ekerete Udoh, Chief Press Secretary to Akwa Ibom State Governor Mr Udom Emmanuel.
Among the dignitaries were Governor Udom Emmanuel, his Deputy Mr Mosses Ekpo, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Barr Onofiok Luke, Secretary to the State Government Sir Etekamba Umoren, Head of Service Mrs Ekerebong Akpan, Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries, investors from the diaspora, youths and Women groups.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor Emmanuel expressed gladness for the bond of love that has brought the people of Onna to Nsit Ibom Local Government Area as they give out their daughter Inyene to Ekerette in marriage.
Governor Emmanuel said marriage was instituted by God and everyone knows the importance of the union as it enhances companionship and helps to expand the family line.
He described as illusion seeking a wife without a sustainable means of livelihood and advised those who intend to marry to define what they want stressing that marriage is eighty percent flesh and twenty percent spiritual.
Governor Emmanuel congratulated his Chief Press Secretary Mr Ekerete Udoh for his decision to tie the nuptial knot and spoke of him as a Jolly good fellow who is very respectful and hardworking.
While applauding the bride Inyene for making the day a reality by accepting to settle with the love of her life Ekerette as a wife, the Governor said that God’s guidance, their level of exposure and education would enable them sustain the union and wished them eternal marital bliss.
Governor Emmanuel used the occasion to advised people who intend to start a family not to be deterred by the current economic situation and assured that Akwa Ibom shall rise to become a major business hub in the gulf of Guinea.
Sir Valentine Attah who was the Chairman of the marriage ceremony said that marriage is a very sensitive institution which requires maturity, commitment, love and respect to each other.
Sir Attah who spoke from the stand point of over forty years in matrimony enjoined the couple to make their mistskes and correct it in love and avoid third party in their union. He congratulated Inyene and Ekerette for the decision to be united in love as husband and wife.
The traditional marriage ceremony which began with the serving of traditional cuisine known as “Udia Ibenhe ” by the bride’s family, climaxed with the marriage rites which involved exchange of drinks by the bride and groom’s family and formal handing over of the wife, Inyene to the husband, Ekerette.
The couple later sealed their love with the cutting of traditional cake and a nuptial dance to the admiration of the guests.