The wife of Akwa Ibom governor has again put smiles on the faces of widows and other women as activities for the 2022 International Women’s Day, with a charge on mothers to lay a good foundation in the lives of their children by teaching them the way of the Lord for a better future and a better society.
Dr Martha Udom Emmanuel stated this during a Thanksgiving Service organised by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare to mark the 2022 International Women’s Day, which took place at The Apostolic Church, Ikot Abia Idem, in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area, Sunday.
The governor’s wife who took the Scripture reading in the service, taken from Luke 1:46-64, said the Thanksgiving Service became necessary to appreciate God for life and the good things her has done for the women.
The Akwa Ibom first lady advised women who are occupying positions of authority and those who have more money than their husbands not to be disrespectful to their husbands but be submissive, humble, patient and stay away from trouble.
She condemned the recent rejection of the Gender Bill by the National Assembly and urged all to lend voice to push for more women inclusion in governance and the 35 per cent Affirmative Action, and expressed confidence that the bill will eventually be passed.l
She expressed appreciation to her husband and governor of the state, Mr Udom Emmanuel, for being a strong believer in the 35 per cent affirmative action and thanked Akwa Ibom women for coming out in large number to offer thanksgiving to God for all He has done for them.
The commissioner for women affairs and social welfare, Dr Ini Adiakpan, said one of the themes of the 2022 International Women’s Day was “Break the Bias” and thanked the governor’s wife for working towards ensuring that all the biases and barriers on the way of women are broken.
Adiakpan said they were in church to thank God for his goodness to Akwa Ibom women and for giving us Governor Emmanuel and his wife, Dr Martha Emmanuel to support women to break every barrier that stood on their way of advancement.
The area superintendent of The Apostolic Church, Ikot Ekpene Field, Apostle J. B. Umoh, preached on the topic, “Not So”, and urged all women to be the Elizabeth of today by standing by the truth and saying Not So to what is wrong.
Highpoint of the Thanksgiving Service was the donation of wrappers to 100 women and support to the women fellowship, youth fellowship, main choir, children’s choir and the church, while prayers were offered for Governor Emmanuel and wife, Dr Martha Emmanuel, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria and leaders in the three tiers of government.