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In Akwa Ibom State's commissioner dies after illness

All flags in the state will be flown at half-mast to mourn the deceased.

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Professor Eno Ikpe

(Akwa Ibom State Government)

The Akwa Ibom state Commissioner for Investment, Commerce and Industry, Professor Eno Blankson Ikpe has died after a protracted illness.

According to a press statement signed by the state's Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Charles Udoh, on Thursday, November 9, 2017, all flags in the state will be flown at half-mast until further notice as directed by Governor Udom Emmanuel.

The statement read, "It is with great sadness that the Government of Akwa Ibom State announces the passing away of Professor Eno Blankson Ikpe. The sad event occurred on November 8, 2017, after a protracted illness.

"Our hearts go out to her immediate family and loved ones, and we ask God to grant them the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss. Funeral arrangements will be announced after consultations with members of her family.

"In a symbolic show of respect for the departed member of the Akwa Ibom State Executive Council, His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel has directed that all flags in the state be flown at half-mast until further notice.

"Let us pray for the departed soul of Professor Eno Ikpe and for her bereaved family. May her soul rest in Eternal Peace!"

The deceased was a native of Etinan Local Government Area of the state, and had an illustrious career in the education sector, serving as Director, Centre for Cultural Studies; Head, Department of History and International Studies; Vice Dean, Faculty of Arts; Dean, Faculty of Arts; Adjunct Professor, Akwa Ibom State University.

She also worked at the University of Lagos, University of Uyo, and the University of Magdeburg in Germany.

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