……To Empower Widows With Cash, Houses
Hon Stella Okotete, Executive Director Business Development, NEXIM Bank, on Wednesday, 20th April, 2022 celebrated her birthday in grand style, as she provided robust packages to widows in Agbarho communities, as part of the activities to mark her birthday celebration.
The birthday celebration party which was held at UPU Hall Uvwiamuge-Agbarho, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, had dignitaries from all nooks and crannies of Nigeria including gospel artists, Mercy Chinwo, Moses Bliss and Joe Praise, in attendance.
In her speech during the occasion, the celebrant, Hon Stella Okotete, said the event was to give thanks to God Almighty for His grace upon her life and also to put smile on faces of the less privileges ( Widows) within Agbarho kingdom.
According to her; “As part of saying thank you to God. I, with the support of my friends, we have decided to build 10 widows quarter in each of the Agbarho communities. Tomorrow morning, we are going to lay the foundations for these houses. The reason why I’m doing this is because the Bible said that, when you take care of the widows God will be happy and He in His adequate wisdom will reward me in return.”
“And as an orphan, the best I can do to support these widows who don’t have shelter is to provide shelter for them. So in the next five to six years, we are going to build 10 widows houses in each of the Agbarho communities. We have contacted all the President Generals in each of these communities to give us a space to build these houses. If you’re a widow in this building, I appealed to you to meet the President General of your community to give us a space were we can build these houses in order to provide shelter for you all.”
“Also today, we have a package for 1000 widows. You’re going home with a seed grant and other gift items. We will do face one today. Next month, when I come we will do face two. Every month, we will continue to empower our widows with seed grant and capital to start up a business to enable them cater for their children and themselves.”
Hon Stella who has served as a former Councillor in Ughelli North Legislative Arm, also said that, “By the grace of God, in the next sixty days, I will be coming to lay the foundation of the biggest Cassava Processing Meal factory in Agbarho kingdom. This factory will create over a thousand five hundred jobs for our people. By doing this, we will be able to make a positive impact on our people.”
“I want to say a special thank you to the following persons who have stood behind me through thick and thin, most especially Chief Ayiri Emami who after my graduation from the University employed me as his personal assistance and also through that position gave me the opportunity to grow my political career. I also say a big thank you to the former Governors of Delta State, my Daddy, Chief James Ibori, Dr Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan, and my big Uncles since I join the APC, Olorogun Otega Emerhon, Deputy Senate President, Olorogun Ovie Omo-Agege. I also thank the 22 Progressive Governor’s across the 36 states of Nigeria.”
“I also commend the Finance Minister of Nigeria, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed and CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emfiele who facilitated my reappointment. To other of my friends who are too numerous to mention and all members of the NEXIM Bank team, the Ughelli North APC Chairman, the two Ward chairmen, my community leaders and all who have stood behind me in my political career. I say a big thank you to you all. I promised not to fail you all.”
Speaking to newsmen, Evang. Mrs Sandra Oyoro, Stella’s Aunty, thank God for His grace upon her niece life, and also pray for God’s greater glory upon her in all her endeavour.
Dignitaries that graced the occasion include; Rev Hon Francis Ejiroghene Waive, member representing Ughelli North, South and Udu Federal Constituency in House of Representatives, Chief Ayiri Emami, Mr Ogaga Ifowodo, Hon Erezi Esievo, Hon . Erhiatake Ibori- Suenu and her Husband, among other dignitaries.