Wife of Akwa Ibom State governor, Dr. Martha Emmanuel, has said that her non-governmental organization (NGO), Family Empowerment and Youth Re-orientation Path-Initiative (FEYReP), has impacted many persons across the 31 local government areas of the State.
Mrs Emmanuel while addressing guests on the occasion of the seventh anniversary of FEYReP in Uyo, the State capital, said she has devoted the past seven years to serving humanity, and the event avails her the opportunity to give account of the many accomplishments of her NGO in the past seven years.
She enumerated the achievements to include Education and Child Rights Acts, ‘Girls Uphold Your Dignity’, Bright Future for Responsible Boys’, The Shelter of Hope’, ‘Follow Your Star’,‘Pregnacare’, fight against gender-based violence, and other various medical interventions amongst others.
According to her, “We have carefully tailored our works around the 16 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, which are well captured in the following areas:
“Girls Uphold Your Dignity Campaign: FEYReP through this campaign took enlightenment messages on HIV and AIDS, VVF, teenage pregnancy, rape, and the rights of the girl child to secondary schools across the state.
“Bright Future for Responsible Boys: The advocacy also gave birth to a program tagged “Bright Future for Responsible Boys”. Noticing that the boy child appears neglected, left dangling on the cliff of social ruins, consumed by drug abuse/ addiction, cultism, rape, promiscuity, and other vices, FEYReP stemmed the tide by educating the boys on sexual orientation and the need for financial independence. The innovative approach has rescued our young boys from the clutches of abandonment and neglect.
“Fight Against Gender-Based Violence: As the Chairperson of the GBV Committee in the State, I and my team have built a State GBV Rehabilitation Centre in Uyo, and established Sexual Assault Referral Centre across the three Senatorial District with free medical care.
“Shelter for Hope Project: Through FEYReP within the period under review, we have successfully built, furnished, and delivered 62 two and three units bedroom bungalows to the poor and indigent citizens of Akwa Ibom which is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and it is still counting.
“Martha Pregnacare Project: An outreach Programme which is geared towards reducing infant morbidity and maternal mortality in the state where over 7000 expectant mothers across the 31 Local Government Areas have received free Medicare, cash, as well as delivery kits. This exercise has been conducted in 10 phases.
“Martha Pregnacare Project: An outreach Programme which is geared towards reducing infant morbidity and maternal mortality in the state where over 7000 expectant mothers across the 31 Local Government Areas have received free Medicare, cash, as well as delivery kits. This exercise has been conducted in 10 phases.”
Mrs. Emmauel also listed free surgical intervention, eye restoration scheme, deworming exercise, educational intervention, presentation of grants and scholarships to students in tertiary institutions, back to school for students, and entrepreneurial support for women empowerment, as some of her major achievements in the last seven years.
Other achievements recorded by FEYReP in the last seven years according to her included the establishment of food processing factories, support for the elderly, the right to life, and sexual assault and Gender-based violence, adding “In FEYReP we have deliberately shifted the paradigm beyond charity for charity’s sake as we have approached our interventions as an investment in the society.”
She thanked her husband, Governor Udom Emmanuel, whom she described as her pillar of support, donor agencies, and members of her team for standing by her to drive her vision.
Governor Emmanuel in his address, applauded his wife, Martha, for standing in the gap for the less privileged and expressed satisfaction with the impact she has made in the past seven years.
Governor Emmanuel decried the high level of moral decadence in the society and harped on the need for parents, religious organizations, and traditional institutions to rise to the responsibility of training the children, especially boys, as this would help curb the menace in the society.
He assured Mrs. Emmanuel of his unwavering support for her ongoing fight against Gender-Based Violence and expressed his disappointment over sexual abuses by parents against children.
- The highpoint of the event was the empowerment of over 230 women and 600 female youths in Akwa Ibom State with small and medium business starter packs as well as certificates of completion of their business training.