POST COVID19 BUSINESS SUPPORT FUND FOR WOMEN FROM ETINAN/NSIT IBOM/NSIT UBIUM FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY; AN ADDRESS BY THE DONOR; DR. (MRS) UDUAK LUKE, WIFE OF THE MEMBER HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, HON. ONOFIOK AKPAN LUKE
I am delighted today to stand in the midst of the beautiful and enterprising women of Etinan Federal Constituency.
I am grateful to the giver of Life and the creator of the Universe for the grace to be here and for the wisdom he has given to the state government to manage the covid-19
situation to ensure we are among the few states with the least mortality rate from complications of the virus.
I have nothing short of thanks for His Excellency, the captain of team Akwa Ibom
, Governor Udom Emmanuel
for His great Vision and leadership of the State both in the management of the Covid-19 cases and for reaching out to residents of the state who were seriously affected by the lockdown.
It is often said that the most successful men have great women behind them and this truth is as evident in the countless times the support of Her Excellency Martha Udom Emmanuel has given to her husband in the pursuit of transforming the State and improving the lives of the people.
I have been greatly inspired by Her Excellency’s striking passion for building hope to the most vulnerable of our society and offering her strength for the weak especially through the Family Empowerment and Youth Re-Orientation Path-Initiative (FEYReP).
The Covid-19 pandemic provided another opportunity for Her Excellency in support of the Governor through this initiative FEYREP to ameliorate the hardship caused by the breakout of the covid-19.
Today, I am borrowing a leaf from Her Excellency’s drive, and in support of and to compliment the efforts of my husband, I am here to institute this support funding of 7.5million Naira for about 350 entrepreneurial women in Etinan Federal Constituency.
I have decided to provide this post covid support funding for 350 women who are entrepreneurs and petty traders cutting across this federal constituency to help cushion the attendant economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The outbreak of the Coronavirus has occasioned a very strong negative impact on individuals, families, countries and even the most organized economies of the world are scrambling for answers as the breakdown in the health and economic systems have been really manifest and it is for times like this that a little gift from a genuine heart of love would mean so much to someone.
A smile given, time spent and resources parted with could give another a reason to live and hope again and it is in the realization of these challenges and with the earnest expectation that the women
of Etinan Federal Constituency would not feel the great weight of the biting scourge of the Pandemic for we have been admonished by Jesus Christ in Luke 3:11 that he who hath two coats should impart to him that had none and he that hath meat should do likewise.
This time in our history demands a collaborative approach towards giving adequate support to the most vulnerable amongst us and it is my firm believe that this intervention will help boost the participation of our women in business and enable them invest in their small businesses which will in turn assist them to provide support for their families and communities at large.
I enlist the cooperation of other persons to support the good deeds of the first lady of Akwa Ibom State and His Excellency the Governor towards Making Akwa Ibom State a destination of choice as we focus on the completion Agenda
while also asking for your prayers and Support for my Husband and your son, Honorable Onofiok Luke
to continually be a representative you all are proud of.
Long Live the women of Etinan Federal Constituency
Long Live Akwa Ibom State.