To commemorate his golden jubilee, Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Special Duties, Rt. Hon. Okpolupm Etteh, on Saturday, stormed orphanages with cakes, drinks, gifts and food items to make merriment with vulnerable and special children.
The homes visited were Mfon-Abasi Orphanage, Ikot Oku Mfang in Abak Local Government Area and Mother Charles Walter Children’s Home, Anua Offot in Uyo Local Government Area.
Rt. Hon. Etteh, who was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Ekaette, children, friends and well-wishers, said his decision to celebrate his 50th birthday with orphans and the less privileged in the society was to appreciate God’s faithfulness and grace upon his live and that of his family.
According to him, “celebrating with these vulnerable and special children is my own little way of encouraging them and instilling in their hearts the disposition of kindness and love for one another. It is my own way of letting them know that the future holds a better reward for them.”
While enjoining the children to aspire to be the future leaders, he further pointed out that the welfare of the vulnerable and less-privileged should be the collective responsibility of wealthy members of the society.
In their separate remarkes, the Matron of Mfon-Abasi Orphanage, Mrs. Esther Monday, and that of Mother Charles Walter Children’s Home, Sister Matilda Inyang, thanked the Commissioner for Special Duties for his thoughtfulness, kind gesture and magnanimity towards the children.
Items donated to the orphanages included Bags of Rice, Bags of Beans, Toiletries, Cartons of Noodles, Gallons of Palm and Vegetable Oils among others.
Highpoint of the event were songs and special prayer sessions to Rt. Hon. Etteh by the children.