SPEECH PRESENTED BY DR. UKECHUKWU MICHAEL NYEMENIM PREIDENT-GENERAL ELECT OF UZUGBANI EKPEYE AT THE INAUGURATION OF NEW NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS OF UZUGBANI EKPEYE ON THE 18TH OF AUGUST, 2022 IN AHOADA TOWN, AHOADA EAST LGA, RIVERS STATE
Ladies, Gentlemen, my brothers my sisters, fellow country men and women! It gives me great joy to stand in your mist today as the President General of this pioneer /apex socio-cultural organization of our Great Nation-Uzugbani Ekpeye. I am humbled, I am inspired by your presence here today. Let me start by commending and thanking everyone who is here today. I will not forget our predecessors in office-the founding fathers of this organization and those who have labored all through the years, to nurture, midwife this organization to its present status. Your labors have not been in vain. We are immensely and eternally indebted to you. It is promise that we will not let the ball down. We will continue to raise the bar higher, keeping the flag flying in order to find a befitting level of life and livelihood for our people.
Today we are here to inaugurate a new Executive Committee for Uzugbani Ekpeye. This new Exco will pilot the affairs of our organization for the next four years. The task before us is enormous, daunting but not impossible by the grace of God, we promise to do our best and that best will be good enough for the circumstances and times of our existence as a committee.
Make no mistakes, the task ahead is enormous, challenging. There will be faulse-starts, stumbling blocks and distractions. But with fortitude, unity of purse within all strata of our population and the grace of God, we shall achieve. This Exco promises of hit the ground running. In the days ahead, we shall be meeting with the different stakeholders. We will consult extensively within and beyond our ethnic nationality. The aim is too adequately and appropriately position Ekpeye ethnic nationality properly amongst the other nationalities within and outside Nigeria. In order to achieve this we need to be united. Remember, a house divided is a house devastated, destroy and discarded. This unity must permeate all strata of our Society-the traditional establishment, the citizenry, the politicians, the elected and appointed functionaries, the government operatives.
All hands must be on deck in order for us to move forward. This Exco will pursue vigorously the issues of safety and peace in our domain. Ditto for economic growth. Consequently, we will pursue mobilization sensitization and education.
There will be intensiveness and transparency. Governance must be palpable there must be ownership of our aspirations. Let us all remember that this is Ekpehyeh! It is our heritage, we are one Kindred, one people.
In conclusion, let me reiterate. Our focus will be as follows:
These points will bring about the need industrialization, economic well-being and advancement in all spheres of our lives. I want to thank you for the honour you have given me to serve. I want to thank you for gracing this occasion.