The Transition Committee Chairman for Abak Local Government Area, Dr. Emmanuel Udosen has been presented with an Excellence Award by the Akwa Ibom State Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN).
The colourful ceremony which took place yesterday at the Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ) Press Centre, Information Drive, Uyo was witnessed by a cream of personalities including the immediate past Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Uko, the Member representing Onna State Constituency, Otuekong Nse Essien, his Itu State Constituency Counterpart, Hon. Idongesit Ituen, immediate past Commissioner for Rural Development, Rt. Hon. Barr. Ekong Sampson, the South-South Vice Chairman of SWAN, Mr. Eddie Ekpenyong among others.
Presenting the Award, the State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalist, Elder Patrick Albert commended Dr. Emmanuel Udosen for his outstanding performance since assumption of office, especially in the area of sports development and called on other council chairmen to emulate him.
Earlier, the State Chairman of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Elder Uwem Ekoh said Dr. Emmanuel Udosen was carefully selected for the award based on his meritorious contribution to sports development in the state.
Elder Ekoh listed some of the achievements of Dr. Udosen in the area of sports to include; organizing a successful chairman’s cup football competition where cash prizes, trophies, medals and customized set of jerseys were presented to all the eleven wards in the area, donation of customized T-shirts and face caps to journalists and supporters as well as sponsoring 20 indigenes of Abak to support Akwa United of Uyo during the 2015 Federation Cup final in Lagos.
The SWAN Chairman also listed other achievement of the Abak Local Government Transition Committee Chairman to include; donation of a giant trophy for the recently concluded Udom/Moses Under 20 Victory Football Tournament won last month by Bayelsa State.
Elder Ekoh stated that members of SWAN in the state are happy with the performance of Dr. Udosen in the area of sports and called on others to emulate him.
Responding, Dr. Emmanuel Udosen, who was the only Transition Committee Chairman honoured, expressed gratitude to God and thanked the state chapter of SWAN for finding him worthy for the award.
The Transition Committee Chairman dedicated the Award to Governor Udom Emmanuel who gave him the opportunity to serve in that capacity. He assured that, the award will encourage him to do more for the development of sports in particular and humanity at large.