Attendees of the yesterday’s memorial and thanksgiving service in honour of late Elder Chief (Madam) Asurua Offiong Offiong Ani, at Ikoneto, Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State have been commended for their show of love, friendship and solidarity.
The Chief of Protocol (COP) of Cross River, Mr. Emmanuel Asikpo Okon who expressed his appreciations and thanks at a reception ceremony he organized at his country home, Efut Ibonda shortly after the memorial and thanksgiving service held at the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria (PCN), Ikoneto Parish stated that the large turn-out of dignitaries and members of the public both at the Church and reception is a clear display of solidarity, love and team spirit.
“I am honoured by the large attendance of my dear paternal grandmother memorial and thanksgiving service from both top government officials, senior citizens, the private sector, the immediate communities and the general public”, adding that that because the attendees have shown him and the family so much love and solidarity, God will honour them individually in several ways.
Asikpo further said that he was overwhelmed with joy that leaders, senior friends, close associates and colleagues as well as the people of Ikoneto, Okoyong and Ibonda communities of Odukpani and relatives attended the memorial and thanksgiving service to honour his grandmother who left this mortal existence to meet her maker on May 26, 2000 at the age of 82.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Barr. Tina Banku Agbor, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Hon. Martin Orim, the immediate past Deputy governor of the state, Barr. Efiok Cobham, Commissioners, and other top political appointees, government functionaries in the present administration as well as the immediate past administration were among the top dignitaries who attended the memorial and thanksgiving service as well as the reception organized.