By Austin Edoho
Mfon Abia, a social crusader and an ex-employee of Exxon Mobil has deemed it necessary to celebrate what she termed her “victory work”.
This she did to celebrate the success of her advocacy over the brazen corruption perpetrated by some persons who were working with the multinational company.
The highhandedness and corruption of some officials in the company had helped to create in the minds of the people, the misconception that Exxon Mobil was a bad and uncaring company that was insensitive to the plight of its host communities.
Interestingly, while most people turned a blind eye to the inappropriate and corrupt practices going on in ExxonMobil at the time, Mfon, who worked as a Senior Analyst, Public & Government Affairs in the company from November 2009 – December 2016, took upon herself ,the onerous and thankless task of unmasking and exposing the persons involved.
Speaking of her victory, the ebullient, outspoken and pretty Mfon said, “I longed for the day when I would let my community and Akwa Ibomites know that ExxonMobil is a good company, and I am glad the day finally came.
“A lot of people had given up on this great company. I recall when I was active on Akwa Ibom Global forum (a forum of Akwa Ibomites all over the world) and I used to post ExxonMobil vacancies, and people will tell me they didn’t want to see anything about them”.
Speaking further, this American-based beautiful mother of one stated that she was determined to absolve the company of the blames heaped on her by people who didn’t understand what was really going on. In her own words, “I am proudly an Akwa Ibom lady, and the battles I fought were fought while I worked for ExxonMobil in QIT, Ibeno.
“I fought corruption within Public & Government Affairs Department, and some persons had their way with lies. They thought it was over, but I was resolute, unshaken & persevered. After I was thrown out due to a false redundancy programme, I continued to fight via LinkedIn which led to what we have today. What has happened is a big win for every Akwa Ibomite. Thank you for your support and for making this happen”. Praise God. Jesus is alive forever”.
The event which attracted the high and mighty in Eket Local Government and the neighboring oil producing communities, took place at the residence of the celebrant’s elder brother, Hon. Barrister Bassey Dan-Abia Jnr, former House of Rep member representing Esit Eket/ Ibeno constituency. His country home at Plots 5-9 Salem Crescent, off Ikot Ibiok/ Ikot Udoma Road, by New Covenant Church (opposite Dayspring Comprehensive College), Eket, was filled with an excited crowd who thronged the venue to celebrate the victory of a courageous woman.
Mfon Abia also made out time to appreciate several people who stood by her and supported her right from when she was working with ExxonMobil.
“Thank you Oga Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu for your effort in trying to get 10 of us back to MPN. Thank you for leaving a legacy there. Thank you for touching lives too. From Corp member, to Contract staff, I heard good things about you and this encouraged me to do more.
“Thank you ExxonMobil for all you did for me while in MPN. I remain your ambassador for life, free of charge.
“Thank you my best friend in P&GA/former colleague, Iwaad Emmanuel Ettiaka, the Game Master, aka The Barrister. You stood by me and always defended me at work.
“I also want to say a big thank you to my over 26,000 followers on LinkedIn. This victory could not have come without your support.
“Thank you LinkedIn for providing the platform for me to share my story which led to ExxonMobil stepping in. I met you at the NBMBAA2018 in Michigan.
“Finally, God has prepared a table before me in the presence of my enemies. The scriptures have been fulfilled, and Jesus has been glorified.
“I’m looking forward to reading your success stories & cheering you”, she concluded.