By Ene Asuquo
The name Edem Okokon Effiom is a household name in political arena in cross River State especially the southern senatorial district and in deed Akpabuyo, Bakassi and calabar south local government areas when it has to do with extending his hands of fellowship.
Effiom came into active politics some years back having served as the chapter secretary of the Peoples Democratic party, Akpabuyo chapter before he was appointed as the council secretary of that local government. Since then, he has had a steady political progression, having served as a Commissioner twice in Ayade administration, and is one of Ayade’s closest aid because of his loyalty to the administration
Effiom a quiet and unassuming gentleman is always putting the people first in all what he’s doing, that is why he believes in solving or attempting to solve people’s problems to the best of his ability, he is indeed a party builder and an asset to his party the APC
The Honourable Commissioner has on a personal efforts to assuage the sufferings of his people sometimes last year graded from Atim Asam junction to Atim Asam village over, 7.2 kilometers road network. He has also graded a 10 kilometers of road from Ikot Inwang to Esuk Okon in Bakassi local government area, all these he did without publicity and must have caused him some fortunes
The quintessential Commissioner, for the interest of his party is giving 400,000 naira each to wards in Akpabuyo without appointees for the just concluded presidential election and the forthcoming Governorship election, all these he is doing as a faithful party man to ensure victory for his party. He has also sent advertising campaign materials for prince Otu, e.g the customized car air freshener across the 18 LGAs in the state
Currently, he is embarking on providing borehole as an alternative means of water to some communities in Akpabuyo. For example, he is drilling a borehole in Esuk Mbat in Ikot Edem Odo ward, another one at Atim Asam junction, he is also rehabilitating two other boreholes one in Eto-Mkpe and another in Ikot Ekpo
Recently, Effiom distributed 300 rappers to women in three wards in Akpabuyo local government, he has also empowered several others just to create that friendship between his people and his party APC, even when he is not contesting any election.
He is a man that doesn’t know desperation over anything, those that are close to him can attest to this facts nor his he inordinate in quest to attend power, this can be exemplified when the house of representatives ticket eluded him, he immediately called on his supporters to switch over support to the chosen candidate as a man of peace who believes in loyalty to his party and one that also believes in the supremacy of the party
So, of the truth, the contributions of Edem Okokon Effiom to the development of his party, APC and the people is unquantifiable, Really, he is an asset not only to the people but also to his party.