Akwa Ibom State governor’s wife Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel has challenged members of Commissioners and Special Advisers Wives Association (COSAWA) to synergies and institute programmes that will bequeath lasting legacy in the state.


The governor’s wife gave the call today Thursday, when the group led by its President, Lady (Mrs.) Blessing Ebong Uko, paid her a courtesy visit at Government House, Uyo.

Mrs. Emmanuel said this would help position them as formidable and value adding group in the state.  She advised them against abusing their roles as partners in progress at the grassroots; urging that they should complement their husbands’ efforts in the delivery of quality leadership at their respective domains.

The State First Lady pointed out that as wives of public officers, they were closer to the people at the grassroots and charged them to liaise with female stakeholders in their respective domains to deliver quality services to women, children and youths. “As wives of Commissioners and Special Advisers, your husbands’ occupy very sensitive and demanding offices in the state and you have a role to play in ensuring they succeed”. She stressed.

She added that it is necessary for them to come up with programmes that will have positive impact on the people and expressed her readiness to work with them to touch more lives at the grassroots.

Also speaking, the Dean of Commissioners and Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social welfare, Dr. Glory Edet charged them to be of good conduct and also bridge the gap of development in their constituencies. She stressed the need for complete loyalty on their part to the governor, saying he is the leader of all in the state.

Earlier in her remarks, the leader of the group, Lady (Mrs.) Blessing Monday Uko appreciated the governor’s wife for granting the group audience despite her tight schedule describing her as God’s gift to the women and the entire people of Akwa Ibom state.

Mrs. Uko commended the governor’s wife for her passion and commitment towards improving the lives of women, the elderly, youths and children in the state through her pet project FEYReP and promised as a group to complement her vision by undertaking projects to benefit women and children. She said they were on the visit to show solidarity and loyalty to the governor’s wife whom she said is the leader of the group.