By Prince Bassey – UYO
A FOREMOST Gospel Musician from Akwa Ibom State, Evangelist Patience Akpabio believes that giving to the needy in the society is a privilege, calling on highly placed individuals to do more for the poor and the needy around them and in the society at large.
Evangelist Akpabio told IBOM REPORTERS that such humanitarian services spurs and significantly let the less privileged know that they’re not alone in the struggle of life.
The Georgia-trained Financial Analyst who spoke with our correspondent shortly after a humanitarian tour of orphanages across the State by wives of members of the Akwa Ibom State Executive Council under the aegis of Commissioners and Special Advisers Wives Association (COSAWA), maintained that government alone cannot shoulder the burden of catering for these special people in the society, urging well meaning individuals and corporate organizations to let the love of God reflect in them by helping charities and ministries change peoples’ lives.
“When we look at our lives, no matter how sugar-coated and well painted the colors are, we all grew up with coat of many colors. There are many of us who didn’t grow up with the wealth we have today. So it is by God’s grace that we are here today. So if God has lifted you up from where you were to where you are today and you cannot give back to the society, then there is an error in your life.
“What COSAWA has done today is to tell God thank you, it is to tell the children that we are with them, to tell the children that we understand their struggle, it is to tell the children that they are loved, to tell the children that their destinies are in the hands of God and no matter what happens, they will be exactly what God wants them to be,” she added.
Highlighting the importance of the orphanages tour, the President of the group, Lady Blessing Monday Ebong Uko who is also the wife of the Commissioner for Youths and Sport, said the group is concerned about touching lives and being a blessing to families in Akwa Ibom State as well as in lending support to Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Path-Initiative (FEYReP), a pet-project of the wife of Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel.
The delegation also had in attendance, Queen Akan Okon, Mrs Nelly Ukpong, Mrs Doris Linus Nkan, Barr Mfon UdoInyang, Mrs Mabel Ime Ekpo, Mrs Elizabeth Udo Ekpenyong, Evang (Mrs) Christy Nwoko, Mrs Ndifreke Essien, Mrs Ekaette Iniobong Essien, Mrs Joy Orman Esin and Mrs Edu Victor Antai.
Orphanages visited were Goodnews Community International, Gospel Village, Abak, St. Anthony of Padua Destitute Centre, Uyo and Way to the Nations Children Centre (Factory of Hope), Ikot Ibiok, Eket where food items, toiletries and financial assistance were offered.