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EARCOM Lauds Afaha Ube Itam Youths For Patriotism, Ethical Conduct ...Commends CSP Francis Erhabor
By Edidiong Obot
November 02, 2020
At a time when youths in the country are working
hard to regain their battered image in Nigeria, youths
in Afaha Ube Itam in Itu Local Government Area,
Akwa Ibom State, have redeemed theirs effortlessly.
The Ethical and Attitudinal Reorientation Commission
(EARCOM), Akwa Ibom State, commended the youths of
Afaha Ube Itam in Itu Local Government Area as 'models of
patriotism, ethical conduct and selfless service', in their effort in recovering items looted by hooligans during the
EndSARS protest in Uyo on Thursday, October 22, 2020.
During a press briefing in Uyo, the state capital, the
commission's chairman, Dr Dorothy Thompson, informed that
the recent ugly events occasioned by the hijack of the
EndSARS protests by hoodlums in the state left all sad.
"The wanton looting and destruction of private and public
property, as well as regrettable loss of lives were highly tragic
and unacceptable, Thompson had said.
The commission's chairman commended the Itam divisional
police officer, CSP Francis Erhabor; and the youths who were
said to have voluntarily teamed up with the CSP on a houseto-house search where they discovered, recovered and returned items including flat screen television sets, deep freezers, refrigerators and many other electronic gadgets to the
Itam Police Station.
The EARCOM boss appreciated Erhabor for displaying the
bravery of a rare police officer in handling the situation, and
described the Afaha Ube youths as true Akwa Ibom youths
who are great people with great minds. Extolling the exemplary qualities of the chief superintendent of police, Dr Thompson said, "It would be recalled that on September 28,
2020, President Muhammadu Buhari honoured CSP Francis
Erahbor as one who has never taken a bribe before at the
State House, Abuja.
"We wish this exceptional honour done Mr Erahbor will
encourage his colleagues in the Police force to jettison corrupt practices allegedly bedevilling the force and join hands
in redeeming the already battered image of the Nigeria Police. Francis Erahbor remains a beacon of hope for our generation and our country as a role model whose life and passion for service are a great example for all well-meaning citizens of this country.
EARCOM is a statutory commission established by a bill
passed by the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly and signed
into law by the governor on April 11, 2000. Among other
objectives, EARCOM, according to the chairman, is saddled
with the responsibility: to re-engineer the entire citizenry for
greater responsibilities and a better society; to restore ethical and moral sensibilities which have been wantonly traumatized over the years; to propagate and promote the spirit of the dignity of labour, honesty and commitment to qualitative production and consumption of home-produced commodities and services; to propagate the need to eschew all
vices in public life including corruption, electoral and all forms
of malpractices, ethnic, parochial and religious sentiments;
to mobilize the populace for positive patriotic participation
in and identification with the state and national affairs and
issues and to sensitize the populace to fight against all forms
of internal and external domination of state and national resources by a few individuals or groups.
Other responsibilities include: to ensure and uphold leadership by example; to foster respect for constituted authority; restore and sustain discipline in public and private life;
to encourage the people to actively and freely participate in
discussions and decisions on matters affecting their welfare;
to develop among people of all ages and sex, social and
cultural values and awareness which will inculcate the spirit of patriotism, nationalism, self-discipline and self-reliance;
to establish a feedback channel on all aspects of national
life; to ensure that government programmes and policies are
better understood by the public; to encourage informal education through public enlightenment activities and publications; to encourage the teaching of Civics, the Nigerian Constitution and Moral Instructions in schools as well as preach
against juvenile delinquency among pupils in schools.
"Under our watch and stewardship, EARCOM has strenuously pursued the aforesaid objectives while vigorously campaigning for a socially responsible citizenry that are averse
to social vices including rape, gender-based violence, cultism, drug abuse, child labour human and sex trafficking, examination malpractices, electoral fraud and all forms of criminality.
"In our pursuit of a just and egalitarian society, we have
been inspired by the efforts of the first lady, Dr Martha Udom
Emmanuel, in fighting social vices and have accordingly
taken our campaigns to secondary and tertiary institutions
of learning across the 10 federal constituencies of the state
and the three senatorial districts, visited churches, interfaced
with traditional and religious leaders as well as held workshops and seminars for public sensitization on the need for
"In the midst of the chaos in which our state governor, Mr
Udom Emmanuel, demonstrated enormous leadership and empathy in managing the crisis to restore social stability and
security, also witnessed the emergence of a hero in the aftermath. "Chief superintendent of police, Francis Erabor, is that
The DPO of the Itam Police Division mobilized his officers and men, and in efficient collaboration with responsible youths mounted a search and recovered looted items
carted away by hoodlums. He did so professionally and with
such diligence that stands him out as a true officer and a
gentleman, she submitted.
On his part, the youth leader in Afaha Ube Itam, Mr. Victor
Akpan, appreciated the state governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel,
for the swift response he took which, he noted, led to the
successful recovery of the stolen items.
He further commended EARCOM for appreciating their efforts and described
youths of Afaha Ube Itam as law-abiding citizens and as
such would not condone any act of criminality.
In attendance at the press briefing were board members of
EARCOM including Mr Victor Udofia, Mr Nsikak Nyong, Mr
Michael Isang and Pastor Ime David. Others were: the DPO
for D Police Division, CSP Francis Erhabor, among others.