For the locals of Ekpene Ukim village in Uruan Local Government Area, Friday, June 19, 2020, will linger for a long while in their memories as an indigene, Madam Ana David, a widow whose mud house was razed down by fire few months ago, became one of the beneficiaries of a brand new well-furnished apartment, courtesy of Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Path-Initiative's Shelter of Hope scheme. The house inaugurated by the founder of FEYReP and wife of the Akwa Ibom State governor, Dr. Martha Udom Emmanuel, evoked tears of joy not just from the beneficiary, but the entire inhabitants of the area. The governor's wife earlier commissioned a house built by the special assistant to the governor on Research and Documentation, Mr Emmanuel Nicholas Okokon, at Utit Uruan for a physically-challenged, Mr Anietie Etim, and another built by the chairman, Board of Inter
Martha nal Revenue, Mr Okon Okon, for Madam Alice Bassey, as well as a priest's house at the Methodist Church Nigeria, Ekpene Ibia. Dr. Emmanuel speaking at the respective venues while dedicating the houses prayed that the beneficiaries would live peaceably in their new found abodes, appreciating her partners for the lofty projects. She said the shelter programme was initiated to cater for the poorest of the poor in the rural communities, and as well called for more of such partnerships to touch more lives in the society. She also used the events to sensitize the rural dwellers on the burning issue of rape, noting that it was time for them to look after their children with utmost care and attention. The First Lady warned parents against shielding any perpetrator of rape in the local community, adding that if parents are found to be complacent, they will also face the wrath of the law. Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Speaker, Mr Aniekan Bassey and wife who were on hand to receive the first lady, in their separate remarks appreciated the donors for partnering FEYReP to touch lives, and also promised to replicate same for commissioning soon. They as well donated handsomely to the beneficiaries for their businesses. The Shelter of Hope donors, Emmanuel Nicholas and Mr Okon Okon, in their separate remarks thanked the governor's wife for providing them a platform to touch lives, saying they would strive to do more in future. Goodwill messages from political stakeholders of the area such as the speaker, AKHA, chairman of Uruan, AKROIMA board chairman, village heads of the areas all thanked the governor's wife for her support and love for the needy across the 31 LGAs stating that her lofty programmes through FEYReP have touched many lives in the state.