IMO WILLIAMS :From a Successful Lawyer to an Outstanding Council Helmsman.
By Abasiama EtukAkpan
Law practitioner,human right defender, consummate politician, astute administrator, prudent manager of resources, Imo Williams is the duely elected Executive Chairman of Abak LGA. He was born a day before Nigeria’s independence, precisely,28th day of May,1974 into the great family of Late Isaiah Williams as a first child in the family.He hails from Ikot Akpabio, Afaha Obong, Abak Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
He began his quest for success in life at Saint Andrew(RCM)School in the year 1979 and got his First School Leaving Certificate(FSLC).As a Born member of Qua Iboe Church Nigeria and today he is an elder of the church.Imo Williams proceeded to the Samuel Bill Theological College(SBTC),Ikot Ekang, Abak in the year 1984 and bagged his certificate examination in 1990.
He took his educational pursuit to the University of Jos, Plateau State Nigeria between 1993 -1996 and obtained a diploma in Law.While his peers were engaged in social vices in the society, Imo was busy engaging himself positively for the future. Still not satisfied, he continued his quest for educational pursuit and went to the University of Uyo between 2002 and 2007 and bagged an LLB certificate and rounded off in the Premier Nigerian Law School, Lagos Campus and subsequently was called to bar on completion of his academic pursuit.
Having equipped himself with the prerequisite educational backings, he went into the turbulent water of politics as a Ward Coordinator, Friends of Victor Attah In Nigeria, Afaha Obong Ward 2 chapter. He was appointed Legal Adviser, People’s Democratic Party,Abak Chapter, Legal Adviser, Akwa Ibom Consolidation Alliance(ACA),Protocol Officer to Head of Council, Abak Local Government Area between 2003-2004.He was appointed Personal Assistant to the Transition Committee, Abak Local Government Area, Special Assistant to the Honourable Member representing Abak State Constituency and today, he is the elected Chairman, Abak Local Government Council , a position he has held meritoriously for over a year now.
As a law practitioner, he has made an indelible feat and has used his office to defend the poor and the less privileged in the society. He has offered impactful legal advice and service to his people and the oppressed . He has been a true defender for the just course and the minority in the society.
Since his assumption of office, he has kept an overwhelming track record that will take years for any incoming Chairman to challenge his track records. As a true and faithful party man ,he sponsored delegation of Abak PDP faithfuls to the Special Convention of the party in Abuja,the Nations Capital. He has hosted the Abak Unity Carol in the year 2017,He has also undertaken some urban beautification projects in the Local Government Area. He has donated a water project at the Redeemed Faith Church, Abak. Provision of Steady Light within working hours in the council. Repairs of abandoned Council plant, Repair of abandoned Council grader, Massive grading of roads within the urban and rural areas, Construction of a state of the arts Legislative Chambers with 14 service offices, Provision of protective device at the generator room in the Council, Renovation /turn around repairs at the Traditional Rulers Council building, Renovation of NULGE office building, Renovation of former Vice Chairman’s office block, Construction of new staff office, Provision of Security gadgets and increase in security presence within the council premises,Donation of deep freezer and generating set to the Department of Health,Abak Local Government Area, Job creation of over 400 youths involved in revenue generating committees, repair of council abandoned health ambulance, renovation of council refuse evacuating vehicle, Evacuation of refuse dump at Akpan Eno by School Road, UbomItor, Technical College and Abak New Market, hosting of the enlightenment seminar organized in partnership with INDORAMA fertilizer for Abak farmers. Hosting of a three day basic skills acquisition and empowerment programme,facebook accountability interactive session where questions were asked by the public and answered by the Chairman, a first of its kind,Appearing on Comfort FM, Uyo barely two weeks in office where he fielded questions from the public. Renovation and Painting of the Abak cenotaph, Painting of the council perimeter fence to give the council secretariat a new look, Redesigning, furnishing of the Executive Chairman’s office with state of the arts facilities. Sponsorship of about 200 Abak youths to the State Sports fiesta at IkotItiedung, Empowerment of youths and women with cash handouts ranging from #50,000 to #500,000 ,Ensuring the security of lives and properties of Abak indigenes and residents by having regular meeting with security agencies and operatives in the area amongst several other life touching achievements.
Abak Local Government Area is blessed with a pragmatic leader and an astute administrator like Barr Imo Williams. He is one Local Government administrator many Councils in the country wish to have.
Interestingly, Imo Williams is married to a beautiful and an exceptional wife that has added strength and vigour to his success story,Obongawan Unwana Imo Williams and the marriage is blessed with four wonderful children.
He has kept an indelible mark in his law practice and as a Local Government administrator, he has written history and records that shall stand the taste of time in Abak Local Government Area.He is one Chairman, Abak Local Government Area is pleased with.
Abasiama Etukakpan is a public affairs analyst and writes from Abak LGA.