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Shun Cultism and Drugs, Governor’s Wife Tells Akwa Ibom Students

The First Lady of Akwa Ibom state and founder of Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Path initiative (FEYReP), has cautioned male students of secondary schools across the state against destroying themselves by involving in cultism, drug abuse, sexual promiscuity and rape.

She said the future of the family and the state would be bleak unless concerted efforts are made on social evils in the society to save the boy-child.

Mrs. Emmanuel gave the warning Thursday, during the inauguration of the Boy-child project of her pet-project tagged: “BRIGHT FUTURE FOR RESPONSIBLE BOYS” which held at Ibom Hall, Uyo.

In her words, “the family unit is the greatest gift from God to humanity,hence, neglecting the needs of the boy and girl child will be failing the society and God.”

Mrs. Emmanuel further stated that her desire to look into issues relating the boy-child was “borne out of the need to protect the boy-child from the harmful forces of the society.”

She noted that it was pertinent to balance the efforts of her pet project regarding the welfare of the girl-child, by sanitizing and bringing the the boy-child to a place of ample awareness and confidence to excel to greater heights.

“Having taken time to educate the girl-child in recent times, I thought it would be wise to follow suit for the boys in order to achieve the desired results.” Said Emmanuel.

While acknowledging that the joy of every parent is to see his/her child live responsibly and grow into successful adult, the FEYReP boss assured that she will continue to use her voice to engage in conversations that would better the lots of families in the state.

Seasoned resource persons such as the State Commander of National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mr. Mohammed Sokoto, Pastor Ezekiel Attang of God’s House of Refuge Church, Uyo, Pastor Runcy Mike of the Evening Church, among others were on hand to take the students through special topics like “Consequences of Drugs/ Substances Abuse and Addiction”, “Cultism: Deception / Enticement and Gender Identity” and “Sexual Orientation”.

There were also goodwill messages from political office holders and youth stakeholders, who expressed appreciation to the governor’s wife for the first of its kind project, saying the initiative is timely and apt and as well as pledged their support to further the advocacy.

18th July 2019.

Feyrep Launches Martha’s Pregnacare Outreach

By Koko Udonquak

Over 200 expectant mothers from the 31 Local Government Areas of the state today benefited from the first phase of free medical care , and as well took delivery of baby packs courtesy of Martha’s Pregnacare Outreach.

The programme tagged : Pregnancy , Child Birth and Beyond is a brainchild of Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Path-Initiative, (FEYReP) a pet project of the Akwa Ibom State Governor’s wife, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel.

The progenitor of FEYReP, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel while speaking , said the outreach became necessary to educate and assist the expectant mothers cope with the demands of pregnancy.

Mrs. Emmanuel while admonishing the pregnant mothers to always seek medical attention when need arises, said having recognised that the wellbeing of citizens remain an essential ingredient in state development , she with the help of her partners decided to organise the outreach.

The governor’s wife further advised the mothers to engage in family planning and support their husbands by engaging in economic activity that would ameliorate their sufferings after pregnancy.

Earlier in her welcome remarks, the coordinator of the FEYReP, Mrs. Ime Inyang appreciated the Governor’s wife for the programme, saying it is geard towards addressing the high rate of infant morbidity and infant mortality in the state.

Inyang added that Mrs. Emmanuel’s tireless passion for bringing succor to so many families through multifaceted social interventions has already earned her a place in history, praying that God will bless her.

Health talks by the CMD of Ibom Specialist Hospital, Dr. Iniobong Etukudo who spoke on ‘Prenatal and Postnatal Health Care’, Dr. Imaobong Inwang who spoke on ‘Common Factors of Infant Morbidity and Maternal Mortality’, Dr. Mary Udo who spoke on ‘Preventing Infant Morbidity and Infant mortality’, Dr. Enobong Mkpang who spoke on the ‘Myths and facts of Caesarean Section’ and Dr. Ini Akpabio who spoke on ‘Harmful Practices During Pregnancy’, all noted that Nigeria currently ranks high in infant morbidity and Maternal Mortality.

The resource persons who identified reasons for the high ratio, spoke against pregnant mothers patronage of Traditional Birth Attandants and charged them to always engage in proper medical check-ups in order to detect any anomaly during pregnancy. They thanked the governor’s wife for the platform to educate the pregnant women, saying it will drastically reduce the tide in the state.

In a vote of thanks, Mrs. Lovina Amos who spoke on behalf of the expectant mothers appreciated the governor’s wife for the educative platform provided them and promised to heed to the advice given.