What I Saw in Ukai Udeme Emmanuel’s Office Today
By Abasiama EtukAkpan, Uyo
Ukai Udeme Emmanuel aka, Common Man is the Capacity Vice Chairman, Uyo Local Government Area(The Seat Power of Akwa Ibom State). He is a street general, a political bulldozer,he is a political strategist, a leader with compassion for humanity and mankind.
About a day ago in my telephone conversation with the Uyo number two citizen after a long while we have not spoken to each other, he invited me to come to his office the next day being today Wednesday, April 17 ,2019 at least for us to have a bottle of understanding as brothers and friends. He gave me an appointment and when he will be in the office.Since it was a call from a politician, I had to go at least to know if the Governor might have sent him a message to me as his in-law and son.
On approaching the Uyo Local Government Council Secretariat ,I saw the beauty of the ambience that dignifies a Local Government Council Secretariat,a complex that shows class and pride to the Local Government Council that is the seat of government in Akwa Ibom State.
I asked for the Vice Chairman’s office and was directed to the office. On getting day, I was greeted by the aesthetics of the common man’s official parlour. I was mesmerized because of the difference the complex has from the other numerous Vice Chairmen office I have visited . I felt relaxed and at home when I finally met the man of the people and the Uyo born Political juggernaut,Ukai Udeme Emmanuel .
My experience is regarding what I saw in the office and what made me perplexed. Ukai Emmanuel is truly a pride to Uyo Local Government Area and Akwa Ibom State. He is the envy of many LGAs. On daily basis,the Uyo number two citizen has devout time to be attending to the needs of his people from all and sundry.No matter who you are,Ukai must attend to you and give his assistance to any issue you have no matter how big or small it is. He does not ask anyone if you are from Uyo or not. What I saw made me to think if he is a Commissioner for Happiness in Akwa Ibom State as my brother Saviour Udoh said or he is even a State office holder. From my findings, Ukai Emmanuel does not have any visiting day, according to him, all days are visiting days for him and it is only public officers without the interest of the people that keeps visiting days .I saw a different public office holder in Ukai Emmanuel and a man with a burning love for his people . A man away from the norm in the society today. Wait, you can’t even come to see Ukai without getting transport money from him.That is interesting. I wonder how much is his salary that he spends so much on people when his colleagues are busy complaining of lack of money and that salary has not entered yet repeatedly.Well, that is a story for another day. Indeed Ukai is a good man and a great public servant.
In his office today, two memorable moments made my day. First, was the young girl, he assisted to make a living for her by donating a sewing machine to her after she completed her apprenticeship. According to Ukai, he is doing this to support her to make a living for herself rather than begging or hawking her body around for a living. He said that the support to the young lady is in the spirit of the Dakkada Philosophy of Governor Udom Emmanuel which he supports with his life and everything. I saw a different man in Ukai Emmanuel when he extended his hand of magnanimity to the young lady. To him, he is helping a young lady to grow, to me and others he has just empowered over thousands of people through that singular act of donating that sewing machine to the lady. He is indeed a rare gem and I applaud him for his commonness and kindness to humanity and mankind.
Another heart breaking moment I saw was when LAWSAN Students from the University of Uyo and some National Excos came on a courtesy visit to him and presented an award of excellence to him. The Law Students poured encomiums on him and applauded him for his leadership strides in the State. They enumerated some of his lasting legacies in the State and commended him for his uncommon legacies in grassroot development. The Uyo Vice Chairman while responding, appreciated the students and urged them to be good ambassadors of the society. He promised to support them of their needs and challenges in their unionism struggle. Again, I saw a quintessential public servant in Ukai Emmanuel when he spoke to the youths and students heart to heart and like he is one of them. One of the students who happens to come from Rivers State was amazed that a public servant can show such level of humility and philanthropy to the masses. He has taken the news of Ukai’s magnanimity to far away Rivers State that he has seen a different man with exceptional qualities.The students were excited and satisfied that they have met a good man in Akwa Ibom State. I was shocked that such a man still exist in Akwa Ibom State.
Another fantastic display of Ukai’s uncommon goodwill was seen recently when he stood by the main road to control traffic in Uyo ,the State capital of Akwa Ibom. A feat that is uncommon and exceptional by any political office holder in this part of the world. He stood under the scourging sun to control traffic and that was simply for the love of his people and not for his love.This gesture alone placed Ukai far above his contemporaries.
It is on record that Ukai Emmanuel’s uncommon legacy and hobby has been touching the lives of people around him.He has given out uncountable scholarships to students from Uyo extraction.He has bought over 100 empowerment items to his people, he has supported a good number of Uyo indigenes in their businesses and entrepreneural lives. He has empowered over 200 Indigenes from Uyo Local Government Area to be well to do and has been a blessing to his community and country at large.
What I saw in the Uyo Vice Chairman’s office today shocked me to my bone marrow. Ukai Udeme Emmanuel is a great son of Akwa Ibom State with exceptional qualities for leadership. He is a brand as far as leadership is concern in Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria. He is a perfect gentleman that believes so well in touching the lives of people around him. He is a jolly good fellow and a leader with excellent and superlative qualities.
Let me celebrate Ukai Udeme Emmanuel for his Common Life for the people. He is a committed,loyal party man of the PDP, an excellent politician and a Grassroot Commander.
Take a bow My Commissioner for Happiness and Empowerment Matters and Vice Chairman, Uyo Local Government Council.