310 Deprived Akwa Ibom Widows To Be Flown To Israel
“We will send our widows, 10 per Local Government, to Israel for a special thanksgiving pilgrimage, all expenses paid.” Governor Udom Emmanuel said this on Friday February 5th as he received Akwa Ibom women at the State Government House Lodge, in Uyo.
The women had organized their own version of celebration for the Supreme Court judgment of last week that affirmed Deacon Udom Emmanuel as Governor of Akwa Ibom State: a victory carnival that took off from the Uyo Sports stadium and climaxed at the Government House. They were received by the Governor, his wife, the Speaker and members of the State House of Assembly and commissioners at the Government House.
Overwhelmed by the celebrations, the Governor announced that God had impressed on his heart for each Local Government Area to give him 10 widows who are verified indigent, so he could send them to Israel in the all-expense-paid pilgrimage. He said the Commissioner for Women Affairs will assist them to get international passports, and the Government will work with the Pilgrimage board for them to have Visas.
The Governor also notified the Women that he had perfected plans to assist them in accessing Federal Government SME facilities. “I have been told that many of our women did not benefit from the Small and Medium Enterprise facility.” He said. He hinted that he had discussed with the CBN Governor, who is in contact with the State Commissioner for Finance to the end that subsequent schemes will favour Akwa Ibom women more. “I will be personally involved in the next one”, he added.
The Agriculture sector, which has been on the Governor’s lip every so often, was not missed this time too. “While the price of Crude oil is falling, it would interest you to know that the price of Cocoa is rising.” He said, and then he made them a vow; “Just put a seed in the soil and I’d do the rest for you”.