The member representing Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency in the House of representatives, Hon.(Obong) Emmanuel Ukpong-udo has congratulated Akwa Starlets FC on their historic promotion to the elite division of Nigeria Football.

In a message on his official social media platforms, the member wrote: “Congratulations to Akwa Starlets for securing a historic promotion to the NPFL. The Starlets join Akwa United in Nigeria’s top division which now has two representatives from Akwa Ibom State”.

Akwa Starlets earned a first-in-history elite division promotion after thrashing Nigerian football household name, Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan 3-0 in one of four one-off Nigerian National League end-of-season promotion playoff played at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Monday.

Shooting Stars finished top of Group B1 while Starlets emerged winners of Group B2 in the regular NNL season to book a playoff berth. Akwa Starlets having sealed promotion will now join another State team, Akwa Utd in the NPFL next season.

The member who identifies sports as a major unifying factor globally lauded the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel for his huge investments in sports as seen in the provision and expansion of existing sports facilities across the State, capacity building of sports men and women, better welfare and innovative programs which has seen various State teams record remarkable success stories since the advent of his administration.