Abak (Akwa Ibom) – The wife of Akwa Ibom Governor, Mrs Ekaette Akpabio, on Friday urged widows of fallen heroes to engage in entrepreneurial activities to sustain their families.
She made the call during her visit to the Nigerian Army Wellington Bassey 6 Battalion Barracks, Ibagwa.
The governor’s wife also encouraged the widows to continue to look unto God for their comfort and sustenance.
Akpabio, who was represented by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Dr Glory Edet, charged the widows to engage in income generating activities to better the lot of their children.
”God will multiply the work of your hands. Don’t allow the condition you find yourselves today to deter you from engaging in activities that will increase the income of your family; instead, engage in business activities.
”Remain resolute in your prayers, look up to God for comfort for he will provide and take care of your children,” she said.
The governor’s wife commended the women for being pillars of support to their husbands in ensuring that the nation was safe for all.
According to her, their sacrifices are appreciated and are not in vain.
She donated 40 wrappers to each of the 40 widows at the barracks and also N300, 000 to the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), Ibagwa Barracks.
In her remark, the chairperson, NAOWA, Akwa Ibom chapter, Mrs Ibiso Obu, said the visit was timely.
She said the body was committed to ensuring that its members were adequately catered for with or without their spouses.
Obu solicited the governor’s wife support for the rehabilitation of the barracks as initiated by NAOWA.
Earlier in his remark, the Commanding Officer, 6 Battalion, Ibagwa Barracks, Lt. Col. Idoniboye Obu, thanked the governor’s wife for the visit and expressed appreciation for her support to the barracks over the years.
Speaking with newsmen, the leader of the widows in the barracks, Mrs Theresa Saturday, prayed God to reward the governor’s wife for remembering them. (NAN)