CHIEFS from Okon Clan in Eket local government area of Akwa Ibom State, have lauded Prof. Clement Uwemedimo for his contribution to the country’s development through the invention of the Anti Corrosive Paint.
The chiefs who gathered at Uwemedimo’s hometown, Ikot Ataku, presented the inventor with an award and noted that he has made Okon Eket and indeed Akwa Ibom State proud with his invention.
The award which was presented by the royal father elect of Okon Eket, Chief Akpabio Ekpotong Inyang commended Uwemedimo for his invention of the paint which was patented on August 5, 1999 with patent no. RP 13522.
An elder statesman in Akwa Ibom State, Prof. Etie Ben, commended Uwemedimo’s courage in his legal pursuit to claim what was legally his. He urged both the state and federal governments to look into the case as justice delayed was justice denied.
Prof. Clement Uwemedimo who was full of joy appreciated his kinsmen for acknowledging his efforts and even going the extra mile to honour him with an award of king of the wealth of the ocean.
Uwemedimo said he was dedicating the award to the Almighty God who gave him the wisdom to invent and even went further to protect the invention by receiving the patent certificates.
He said he was also dedicating the award to his teaming patentees who have supported him immensely. He reaffirmed that his royalties will be used to create cottage industries across the country and to reward his teaming patentees.
Chief Effiong Ben who prayed at the ceremony called on the Judiciary not to sell Nigeria as depriving Prof Uwemedimo of his patent right which has already been decided by the Appeal Court would amount to dashing the hopes of the common man.