Nearly 500 widows smile home with food items, cash gifts, as Mrakpor marks daughter's birthday

Mrs. Mrakpor at the rice distribution section 

By Fortune Ngọzi Onwordi

As part of events to mark the 16th birthday ceremony of her first daughter, the director general of Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency, Hon. Mrs. Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor, yesterday shared food items such as rice, beans, onions, macaroni and N5,000 cash per person to nearly 500 widows from different parts of the state.
The ceremony which held in front David's Event Centre, along Anwai Road had 250 widows invited but about 500 showed up. In adherence to government's protocol on Covid 19, all the guests were provided with face masks, while social distancing was strictly observed.
The event started with praise worship and prayers by the invited guests before the celebrant, Miss Favour Mrakpor, made a short welcome address.

She explained that the aim of distributing the items is to cushion the effect of the sit at home order on vulnerable people, especially widows in the state.

The items distributed to the widows include 35 bags of 50kg rice, 20 bags of 100kg beans, cartons of macaroni, 4 big bags of onions and a cash gift of N5,000 per person.

Speaking to journalists, Mrs. Mrakpor who personally participated in the distribution, thanked her husband Barr. Peter Mrakpor, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of the state, explaining that the effort is part of activities to celebrate her daughter's birthday.

I want to appreciate everybody that supported us, one my friends in the state executive, made provision for all the face masks we gave to the women. My husband supported, and we were able to bring several bags of beans, several bags of rice, bags of onions and N5,000 each to the women."
She said a similar reach out involving more than 100 women is scheduled for the following day, Monday in some Churches, noting that it is targeted exclusively at widows.

She called on the public not to discourage those who may want to give through the display of ingratitude.
I want to use this opportunity to advise Nigerians, especially those who tend to belittle the goodwill extended to them. I see people on social media, they raise rice and say 'see o! They gave me only three cups.' If six people give you three cups, that is one and a half dozen.
You have to appreciate the three cups and in appreciating, you are encouraging more people to give.

The DG also called on individuals to support government's efforts to ease the sufferings of members of the public who depended on daily income to survive.

Miss. Favour and mother during the event

Also speaking, the celebrant, Miss Favour Mrakpor, thanked the people for coming to celebrate with her and thanked God for adding another year to her age.

"I want to thank everyone for coming to celebrate with me. What you see here is what my parents and I have brought out to celebrate this special day." she added.

Expressing her delight, a beneficiary, Mrs. Beatrice Okolo, from Akwumazi Umuocha, prayed for Mrs. Mrakpor, saying the former lawmaker has continued to be a source of joy to widows.

Recall that on April 6, Mrs. Mrakpor led public office holders from her hometown to share 100 bags of rice, bags of beans, 25 cartons of groundnut oil and 25 cartons of tomatoes in her hometown, Ubulu-Uku, Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State.
Her husband, Bar Peter Mrakpor, also reached out to vulnerable people in Ughelli South Local Government Area.

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