By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Akwa Ibom State Government”s on Friday, immortalised the late first indigenous Military Governor, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga, by naming the new Ring Road 3 dual carriage way after him.
The occasion was a Special Valedictory Executive Council (EXCO) session, held in honour of the departed former Governor at the Exco Chambers Government House, Uyo.
That raised to second the number of places, after the State Secretariat Complex in Uyo named after the late but living Icon of the State who was fondly called “Idongesit Akwa Ibom”
Governor Emmanuel described the late Military Governor as a close friend, confidante and brother, adding that, Nkanga remained a reference point for patriotism and statesmanship whose departure has left a vacuum difficult to be filled.
Describing Nkanga as a benchmark for forthrightness, Mr Emmanuel said, “Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga, Rtd, was a gentleman, an officer, a nationalist, a good Christian, my political Director-General, my personal friend, leader of Ibibio nation goodnight”.
Bemoaning his sudden passage, the Governor reiterated that, Nkanga was a coordinating force in Akwa Ibom State and the entire South-South region.
“Words will fail me to describe how we grieved when we lost this Idongesit of our time, it took time for the void and disbelief to be filled with the acknowledgement that our icon now belongs to the ages and not with us anymore.
“That was when we realized how much he meant to us, how much we identified with him, how much he had become part of the Akwa Ibom dream, we feel a collective sense of deprivation because he still had a lot to contribute”.
The ceremony featured tributes from the Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo, Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt.(Hon) Aniekan Bassey, Senator Helen Esuene and former State Chief Judge, Rtd.Justice Idongesit Ntem-Isua who had served as commissioner for Justice under the deceased.
Highpoint of the occasion was the adorning of the casket of the late Military Governor with both the national and state flags.