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The Tom Osung I know

By Emana Raymond Antia

Honorable Okon Tom Osung was born in Eyekpifie Village in Oruko, Urueoffong/Oruko Local Government Area  of Akwa Ibom State. He is a former Urueoffong Oruko Council boss where he emerged as the best council.

He can be described as a man of courage, integrity and humility. He is a man who by all known yard-stick qualifies  as an authority in grass-roots politicking and mobilization.

As the President General of Eyokpifie Development Association (EDA), Okon Tom Osung   orchestrated the construction of a modern borehole to cater for the water needs of his people. The fact that this project is still in service about some 15 odd years later is a testament to not only the value of the project, but also the high quality of its execution; which has come to be the hallmark of all projects undertaken by Okon Tom Osung.

However, his most remarkable, outstanding, and commanding performance materialised during his tenure as the Chairman of Urueoffong/Oruko Local Government Area. Shattering underwhelming precedents, he confounded even his fervid critics by using superior performance to redefine local government administration in Nigeria.

The enormous breadth of his unprecedented accomplishments, which ranged from infrastructural and human development to revenue generation and individual empowerment, earned him statewide and national commendations; some of the most prestigious being his emergence as the best local government chairman is Akwa Ibom State and South South Geopolitical Zone (2013), and the best local government chairman in Nigeria (2014).

A man whose understanding of effective and importance of   education led him to provide educational financial assistance to students across the five local government government areas of Oro nation while serving as the Vice Chairman of Urueoffong/Oruko L.G.A (1999-2002).

This is a man that gave his LGA a modern administrative building, a man that gave his community   a modern unity hall that even the wife of Governor Emmanuel used for the   reception during her mother’s burial. Besides, this served as none paid event center in the community. I have never seen a man like this in politics.

Join me to support him as he aspires to contest for Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly to represent Ureoffong/Oruko State Constituency, come 2019.

*Emana Raymond Antia lives in Akwa Ibom and can be reached on


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