The newly elected President of Association of Esan Professionals, (AEP), Mr. Henry Egbiki, said that insecurity has caused serious hardship and poverty to communities in Esan land, Edo State as fear of bandits and kidnappers have limited access to their farmlands.
Egbiki, a Chartered Accountant and former Regional Managing Partner, Enrst & Young (West Africa) however pledged that the association will continue to work with the state government and other agencies including private sector to provide solutions to the challenges facing Esan communities in recent years.
The AEP President, who spoke shortly after the inauguration of the new executives led by him, commended the past leadership of the association for the hard work and positive impact on the social, cultural and economic development of Esanland especially in the area of education and agriculture.
Members of the newly inaugurated Executives includes: the President Mr. Henry Egbiki, Engr. Obehi Okosun – Vice President, Barr. Emmanuel Ogbebor -General Secretary and Financial Secretary – Mr. Austin Ejola
Others are Dr. Victoria Ekhomu-Treasurer, Mrs. Roseline Osemudiamen Adinoyi-Publicity Secretary, Engr. Emmanuel Akhigbe – Social/Welfare Secretary, Mr. Benedict Egualeonan-Chief Whip, Mr. Efe Akhigbe – Ex-Officio member and Mr. Sullivan Akala – Ex-Officio member.
The Egbiki led Exco is expected to be in office for two years.
AEP is a nonpartisan organisation of professionals of Esan extraction whose main aim and objective is focused on the social- cultural, political and economic development of Esanland.
The association has been led by well-groomed professionals from various fields of human endeavour which includes Chief Lawson Omokhodion, Engr. Charles Osezua, Mr. Mike Osime, Bar. Matthew Egbadon, Mr. Sam Obaze and Mr. Efe Akhigbe.