Senator Godswill Akpabio flanked by his wife, Ekaette Unoma Akpabio, at the 60th anniversary of the Catholic Church, Ikot Ekpene Diocese.

In a grand celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Catholic Diocese of Ikot Ekpene, the Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has unveiled new plans aimed at promoting future aspirations of the church.

Speaking to a large congregation and dignitaries during the anniversary at the diocesan headquarters, Ifuho on Saturday, 6th April, Senator Akpabio exalted God for upholding the diocese since its inception and for constantly blessing the church.

Flanked by his wife, Mrs Ekaette Unoma Akpabio, the Senate President expressed admiration for the accomplishments of the diocese, highlighting the establishment and growth of numerous schools and organisations within the diocese.

He commended the diocese for its leaps and bounds in spreading the word of God. “We have collectively achieved a lot. I pray the Lord keeps all of us to continue winning more souls into the Catholic fold.

“I will like to see more young people in the church than elders so we can be sure of a secure future for the church,” he remarked. He emphasized the importance of nurturing the next generation, ensuring they are actively involved in the church’s mission.

He acknowledged the blessings bestowed upon the diocese over the past 60 years, highlighting specifically his rise as an ambassador who became the governor of the state, leading to significant transformations in Ikot Ekpene, including the creation of essential roads.

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“We have brought a hospitality center called Four Points by Sheraton to Ikot Ekpene. Obong Ekperikpe Ekpo, the first minister of Gas Resources, from the area, also hails from the Diocese of Ikot Ekpene. This can only be God”, he said.

He assured the congregation of his commitment to transforming lives and announced plans to invest in the Catholic Pastoral Training Centre, Nko in Obot Akara LGA.

“I will send engineers on Monday to fence the whole place; no matter how large it is, we will ensure we do internal roads,” he promised.

Highpoint of the event was the presentation of award plaques to the President of the Senate and his wife, Mrs Ekaette Unoma Akpabio.

The event was graced by the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, represented by the Deputy Governor, Senator Akon Eyakenyi; the Minister of Gas Resources, Obong Ekperikpe Ekpo, among others.