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“Collective freedom is one devoid of material bondage and one that supports the institutions necessary for democracy.” -Henry Giroux

Abak-LGA-local-government-area-akwa-ibom-stateAbak Local Government Area became the seat of Government in 1902 after conquest by war against the British colonial master at the valley lying between Ediene and Abak Clans. The outcome of that conquest was the penetration into the hinterland by the colonial soldiers and eventual installation of the government.

At the end of the civil war, the South Eastern State Government was created and Abak became one of the Development Administrative Headquarters and with the local government reforms of 1976, Abak became a full-fledged Local Government Area and have remained so till date.

Abak was one of the big social areas of the then Cross River State in the Sixties and the Seventies until the developmental concentration shifted to Uyo, when Akwa Ibom state was created from Cross River State in 1987. As one of the parent local government areas, it was later sub divided into other local governments like Oruk Anam, Etim Ekpo, Ukanafun and Ika local government areas.

The ancestral structure of Abak Local Government Area has it; Abak Urban and Eastern Annang. Eastern Annang comprises of Otoro, AfahaObong and Midim while the Urban comprises of Abak, Ediene, Mmanta and Ukpom.

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Since, zoning has been accepted as an important political reality, hence there is always a concerted effort to ensure its application in all issues or distribution of elected offices to reach a harmonious and stable polity. The ancestral structure of Abak Local Government Area was properly done to ensure the following: equity, equality, cohesion, trusts and ensures collective support for any political authority.

In the current democratic dispensation, it is unendurable to realize that despite having people who have been stirred to the knowledge of rising to a collective voice and course; a few selfish elements are working tirelessly to ensure that the purpose of zoning is not achieved.

After 16 years of the return of democracy in Nigeria, and 12 years of Barr. Paul Ubom as the Local Government Chairman from 1999 to 2002; Midim Clan is yet to be given more political chances, to show forth good and proactive leadership qualities.

Midim clan has 24 villages, with over 40,000 human populations; it also has entrepreneurial minds that are committed to positively changing the world around them. The huge agricultural potential of this area is such that has made it a Jerusalem of sort, while its professional man-power can compete favorably with the rest of the world.

The political circulation of power between 2002 till date, has being beneficial to only Afaha-obong, Ediene, Abak Urban and Otoro clans, leaving one to raise an eyebrow to ask; Is Midim Clan not part of Abak Local Government Area?

If Hon. Joseph Ikpaisong the immediate past Local Government Chairman took the turn of Urban and Rt. Hon. Friday Iwok, who is currently the House Member representing Abak Local Government Area from Otoro Clan, it is therefore logical and mandatory to allow the purpose of our ancestral structure to zone Local Government Chairmanship race to not just anybody from Midim clan, but to someone who over the years has proven himself fit to serve its people.

From an unbiased mind, What Abak has experience in the last 5 months is an evidence that if our political selfish ‘gladiators’ will allow zoning which is seen as a mechanism of uniting diverse people, then Hon. Emmanuel Udosen perceived aspiration should
be allowed to fly.

-Atuekong Paul Bassey, a Political Affairs Analyst writes from Nto-otong Village in Midim Clan, Abak LGA.

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