ByÂ Udo Ibuot & Tony Nyong
UYOâ€”AKWA Ibom State governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, has given management of University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH) 72 hours to explain the circumstances surrounding the untimely death of the first civilian governor of the state, Obong Akpan Isemin.
Akpabio, who gave the ultimatum during a condolence visit on the wife and family of the late former governor, said information at his disposal indicated that negligence on the part of medical personnel of UUTH facilitated his death.
According to him, the era of professional negligence of any sort in Akwa Ibom State is long over.
Governor Akpabio had described the late first civilian governor of the state as a great man who spent his life in the service of humanity and deserved to be emulated by everyone seeking to succeed in life.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Engr. Patrick Ekpotu and other members of State Executive Council (SEC), noted that Obong Isemin would be remembered as a man who brought honour into politics and led the campaign against â€˜Etuk syndromeâ€™ (small thinking) among the people of Akwa Ibom State.
According to him, the late Obong Iseminâ€™s efforts led Akwa Ibom people to begin to think big.
Regretting that Obong Isemin departed too soon, the governor enjoined members of the family to keep his memory alive by continuing to promote and exemplify the things Obong Isemin lived for, noting that â€œthough he is no longer with us, he is still alive spiritually.â€
The governor said that Obong Akpan Iseminâ€™s burial would be borne by the state government.
Also speaking, the deputy governor who served with the late Obong Akpan Isemin, Ambassador Etim Okpoyo, recalled his warm and cordial relationship with the deceased.
He Underscored the need for people to be serious with whatever job they had to do, stressing that â€œeveryone has a duty to make government succeed.â€