By Umoh-Obong Kingsley
There was an outpour of praises on the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, for his philanthropic gestures to the citizens of the state.
The commendations were made on Monday when the Special Assistant to the Governor on Ethical and Social Reorientation, Mr. Ime Bishop Umoh, led the Right Attitude Campaign group to the Ministry of Women Affairs Children Rehabilitation Home, with loads of relief materials to the inmates.
Mr. Ime Bishop stated that the gesture was to afford the inmates,a sense of belonging and to make them know that they are a part of the society, saying that the extension of the Governor’s arm of love shows that they are part of the Akwa Ibom project
He sensitized the inmates on the need to shun all forms of social vices and turn a new leaf in order for them to be discharged from the remand home, saying: “In line with the Dakkada philosophy, you need to rise to the faith of that greatness which you were destined to be.
“For you to be great, you must learn to #DoTheRightThingNow. And for you to do the right thing, you must turn a new leaf and shun every form of social vices and whatsoever crime that led you to the remand home.”
The New Media Aide to Governor Udom Emmanuel, Mrs. Meflyn Anwana, admonished the children to love God and live right as the society awaits their productive contribution ,she added that they can achieve all they want to become in good faith only if they believe, live right and make the best of every phase of their lives.
It would be recalled that Governor Emmanuel had emphatically noted that the life of every Akwa Ibom person means a lot to him.
The Supervisor to the rehabilitation centre, Mrs. Comfort Benjamin, thanked the Governor for remembering the rehabilitation centre after it had long been forgotten.She noted that majority of the inmates who are mainly children ranging from 10 to 18 years of age, were not based on criminal offences, but as the result of failed relationships.
Also, the manager of the home, Elder Anietie Etukudoh, while lamenting the challenges faced in reforming the lives of the inmates, said that most of them whose parents are nowhere to be found, try to run away, narrating a scenario where a girl attempted to jump over the fence and escape.
He however thanked Governor Emmanuel for his humanitarian gesture, and prayed for God’s blessings upon him, stating that most parents, when reconciled to their children, express appreciation to the government for taking care of the children whom they had lost hope of seeing again thinking that they were dead.
The interactive session saw the children aspiring to be great people in the society with the tall dreams of becoming actors, presidents and several other quality positions.
Also, in the meeting were Ndifreke Patrick – Executive Director of Greater Tomorrow Initiative. Kusin Ekanem, Executive Director , Mentoring for Excellence , the programme coordinator of Heroes of Excellence , Joyce Essien, Joseph Bassey of M and E specialist. EYF, Goodnews Nelson of Youths for Change Initiative and Kingsley Atang the Publicity/Outreach Coordinator Youth Alive Foundation.
The Right Attitude Campaign is a group powered by the office of the Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Ethical and Social Reorientation, Mr. Ime Bishop Umoh, to sensitize the general public to #DoTheRightThingNow.
It campaigns for a change of attitudinal behaviour with several inscriptions such as: “Today’s Juvenile Delinquent Becomes Tomorrow’s Notorious Criminal”; “This Is Akwa Ibom, Love Is Us”; “A Broken Home Today Breeds A Broken Society Tomorrow”; “Don’t Destroy Akwa Ibom With Your Mouth Or Pen”; “I Am An Akwa Ibomite, I Rise To The Faith Of Greatness” to mention but a few.