It was a harvest of donations of skill acquisition materials to women of Rivers State as Chief Tony Okocha, Chief of Staff to Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, in conjunction with the Caretaker Committee of Obio-Akpor Local Government donated materials worth millions of naira to over 250 women trained in baking, bead-making, hat-making and catering.
The donated materials included: over 1,000 wrappers, 150 gas cookers for caterers, 27 hat-making materials, 30 bead-making machines and 32 cosmetology materials.
The donations came barely weeks after Okocha donated 17 cars and skill acquisition materials to women in the area.
During the latest ceremony held on Sunday, 27th July, 2014 at Obio-Akpor Local Government headquarters, a certificate of participation was presented to each women, who had been trained in different vocational skills and crafts meant for their empowerment.
Speaking at the event, Governor Amaechi, leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), applauded Okocha and Obio-Akpor CTC Chairman, Hon. Lawrence Chukwu, for the noble gesture. Amaechi, who was represented by his wife, Dame Judith Amaechi, urged other political leaders to emulate Okocha and Chukwu in touching the lives of the less privileged positively as that is the only way politics can be relevant to the masses.
His words: “I am pleased with these pragmatic efforts and performance in empowering women to be self-reliant and employers of labour. My administration will continue to encourage infrastructure and human capital development as well as empowerment of the citizenry as priority projects until the end of my administration in 2015. Rivers State must be developed in the interest of the citizens and our future generations. The legacy of this administration has shown Rivers people and indeed those who live and do business in this state that there is a difference between a government called by God and that made by man.
”We are grateful to God that He has been behind this government since 2007. My problem with those in the opposition is nothing but the fact that they don’t know how to do good to our citizens; they don’t even know between evil and God. This government is planted on the foundation of God. My administration entered into gigantic projects men thought could not be finished but we are proud to say with God all things are possible.”
The state Chief Executive advised Obio-Akpor women to see the developmental initiative as a step in the right direction, and to resist any attempt by the opposition to deceive them with material gifts and promises that cannot be fulfilled.