By Ene Asuquo
The Chairman of the Obong of Calabar E
xecutive Forum (OCEF) Chief Gershom Henshaw has expressed concern that the recent strike by members of the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian University (ASUU) had Impacted negatively on the Nigerian economy.
He said at a time all other nations of the World are forging ahead for knowledge driving economy, Nigeria is conciously uprooting Education and enthroning mediocrity.
According to him, even the holy books confirmed that a people perish for lack of knowledge.
Chief Gershom Henshaw disclosed this at Adiabo Tinapa at the 11th Utomo Obong Festival to mark the reigns of the threaty King Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi 5 the Obong of Calabar.
In his remarks Architect Bassey Ndem a member of Etubom Council said the meeting of all Efiks nation all over the world, provided opportunity for the various community in Cross River State to come together.
He said the Obong in his 11 year’s reign had done so well by bringing peace toe Efik land.
Also speaking,a Professor of Biochemistry University of Calabar and convener Mboniback said they come together to pay homage to the King and also show charity to the Community.
President, Ohaneze Ndigbo in Cross River, High Chief Felix Odoemene, in a chat paid special tribute to the Obong of Calabar, saying the Monarch has unified all tribes within his jurisdiction.
Another prominent Igbo son, Sir Chukwemeka Egwuonwu, said, “the Igbos, other tribes, and indeed all Cross Riverians are today celebrating the epitome of peace and unity, The Obong of Calabar.
“The Obong is a man God has used to bring maximum peace in Cross River among various tribes here. He is a man who does not discriminate, and we pray that this peace shall remain as we go into an election and even forever,” he stated.