By Nsan Ndoma-Neji, Calabar
The governor of Cross River State, Prof Ben Ayade, has presented a Certificate of Recognition to the village head of Ikot Efa community, in Calabar Municipality Local Government Area of Cross River State, Her Royal Highness, Henrietta Efa Akpera, Nee Eyo Efa.
The presentation of Certificate of Honour to Akpera, who is the first female traditional ruler in the state, is in line with the governor’s effort to mark the International Women’s Day celebration.
Presenting the certificate on behalf of the Cross River State governor, the Chairman of the state Traditional Rulers’ Council and paramount ruler of Bakassi Local Government Area, His Royal Highness, Eteyin Etim Okon Edet, charged the female traditional ruler to remain steadfast in her responsibility of watching over her dorman for the peace of the community, and the nation at large.
Expressing joy after signing the certificate of recognition which was delivered to her by the state governor, Akpera said, “I am so excited and happy for this honour done to me.
“After eight years of meritorious service to my people and sitting on the throne without a certificate. I thank God that Governor Ayade finally signed my certificate of recognition.
“At least I can now stand with both legs. I am told this is the first time the chairman of Cross River State Traditional Rulers Council and his entourage, made up of about three other paramount rulers, of Odukpani and Calabar South local government areas of Cross River State had collaborated to celebrate the first female traditional ruler.”
The monarch sued for unity and peaceful co-existence of all residents in the community so that the community can witness speedy development.