The wife of Akwa Ibom State Governor Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel has implored Akwa Ibom women to live up to their motherly responsibilities of inculcating good moral values in their children especially the girl child, saying the task of curbing the scourge of teenage pregnancy in the state requires that every hand must be on deck.

Mrs. Emmanuel made the call recently at the Gospel Foundation Mission International, Etinan, where the church had its annual women convention tagged: Healing for women 2015.

The first lady bemoaned the high rate of teenage pregnancy in the state especially in the rural areas describing it as alarming and worrisome. She noted that it was a clear indication to the fact that mothers as custodians of family values were not doing enough in educating and enlightening the girl child.

The governors wife said her pet project: Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Programme (FEYReP) is determined to empower Akwa Ibom women to be economically reliable, adding that when women are empowered, they will be able to support their families. She said the Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel is committed to industrializing the state, pointing out that this will in turn create employment opportunities for the youths. Mrs. Emmanuel also noted that no amount of propaganda by the opposition can distract the government in delivering its campaign promises to the citizenry.

As part of her visit to the church, Mrs. Emmanuel unveiled a book called the 'model women' written by the founder of the church, Bishop Enobong Essien. She also rewarded a blind girl Miss Emma Moses with cash gift for reciting the Dakkada creed, while also donating wrappers and cash to widows in the church.

Earlier in her remarks, the founder of the church Bishop Enobong Essien appreciated God for the grace to stay focus over the years. She also congratulated the Governor Mr. Udom Emmanuel on his giant strides in office, describing it as unprecedented.

Bishop Essien specifically appreciated the governors wife Mrs. Martha Emmanuel for recently inaugurating her pet project, saying such platform for promoting moral values and economic excellence in the youths is commendable.

Special prayers were offered for the Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel and Martha, and for the peace of the state.