More than 150  multiple birth families across the state have been empowered in the Second Phase of the multiple birth programe of Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Programme (FEYReP), a pet project of the Akwa Ibom governor’s wife, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel.

The event which held at the civil service auditorium, Idongesit Nkanga secretariat saw the beneficiaries handed start-up capital and gift items to boost their businesses by the governor’s wife.

Mrs. Emmanuel said the empowerment became necessary to assist the families cope with the demands of raising multiple children.  She advised the multiple birth families to accept the children as a source of blessing and not otherwise. “It is a privilege to give birth to twins and triplets, God’s grace has located you. I want you to take care of your children and bring them up in the way of the lord.”

The governor’s wife advised the multiple birth mothers to support and encourage their husbands by investing the fund received in trade, stating that “no matter how little the money is, start something, and make sure it multiplies.”

Earlier in her welcome remarks, the coordinator of the FEYReP, Mrs. Ime Inyang appreciated the Governor’s wife for the programme saying over four hundred families have so far been empowered so far.

Inyang described Mrs. Emmanuel as a mother with a golden heart, observing that her tireless passion of bringing succor to so many families through multifaceted social interventions has already earned her a place in history. While admonishing the beneficiaries to make prudent use of the empowerment, she added that the more multiple birth families would be empowered subsequently.

In their goodwill messages, the Hon. Commissioner for Women Affairs and social welfare Dr. Glory Edet and wife of the speaker Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly Dr. Uduak Luke extolled the motherly virtues of the governor’s wife praying that God would bless and multiply her. They asserted that the programme has brought relief to very many multiple birth families in the state, charging them to make judicious use of the cash.

Also in her goodwill, member representing Eket federal constituency in the House of Representatives Hon. Owoideghe Ekpoattai in appreciation thanked Mrs. Emmanuel for always striving to put smiles on people’s faces, adding that over the past few months, the governor’s wife has consistently rolled out empowerment packages to Akwa Ibom families irrespective of their vicinity. She charged the benefitting families to make ample use of the fund and as well train their children in the way of the lord

In appreciation, Mrs. Wisdom Solomon from Ibesikpo LGA speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries thanked the governor’s wife for her benevolence and show of love for the multiple birth families in the state praying that God will guide and sustain her good works.

During the programme, a health talk on hygiene and nutrition was given to the multiple births parents by a nursing officer, Mrs. Comfort Inyang. 

Among those who graced the event were wives of Legislators, wives of Commissioners and Special Advisers, female transition Chairmen and wives of transition chairmen.