…says it’s a show of love
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive”. These were the expressions of Hon. George Umoh, a former aide to Governor Udom Emmanuel from Obot Akara, who was with his kinsmen over the weekend to share the love and celebration of the season with them.
When we are with people we love, the body releases hormones, such as oxytocin and dopamine, that generate feelings of trust, pleasure and closeness. When we expand those loving feelings to the greater world, we actually improve the prognosis if we should develop cancer or heart disease.
Hon George who could not conceal his happiness noted that his action was motivated by the desire to fulfill his childhood dream of having enough to eat and give to others at yuletide.
He sang praises to God, danced in company of the women and was full of appreciation to God for raising him from grass to grace.
The former aide expressed that he was an unknown figure coming from a poor but cultured home who never imagined venturing into politics, recalling that as a young boy, eating rice was a Christmas event which was still difficult for his father to provide.
He recalled one of those Christmas days when his father had an accident and was hospitalized on his way to buy them condiments to cook the rice he had toiled all day to buy. This he said, formed the basis of his contrite resolution to work hard, buy enough rice and share with people at Yuletides.
George who maintained that the previous year yuletide largesse was limited to his Ward and neighbors said he decided to extend his arms to other Wards in his Local Government Area this time.
He paid glowing tributes to the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Sir Monday Ebong Uko, for being instrumental to his ascension to starlight and sought the prayers of his kinsmen for greater exploits.
In their separate remarks, the Chairperson, Akwa Ibom State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Prof. Maria Ikorok; Vice Chairman of Obot Akara Local Government Area, Hon. Uyobong James Michael; PDP women leader in the area, Eld. (Mrs.) Ndifreke Idiong and the Youths Council Chairman in the area, Emaido C. Akpan, had kind words for Hon. George.
They described him as one with the interests of his kinsmen at heart and affirmed his love for his people.
Chapter Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Obong Ekominammi Ukat who lauded the former aide noted that the Party was the umbrella covering everyone in the state, and the only platform were the people’s voice can be heard.
He expressed confidence that the largesse would be doubled by the next yuletide and called on the people to continue in their support for the Party.
Subsequently, each of the 10 Wards in the area smiled home with 20 bags of rice and 40 wrappers, while the men, women and youths got a cash gift of 500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira).
In return, the people stood to rain prayers and goodwill on Geroge Umoh and prayed God for more uplift on his behalf.
Studies have shown that love yields physical, psychological, material and health benefits to the giver.
When you spread love, it comes back to you many times over through loving relationships. A writer once noted that the best expression of love is giving and giving is heightened when the receiver cannot pay back the giver.
One of the elders who spoke affirmed this when he said that Life itself is best enjoyed when shared with friends and loved ones. When people love, they want to help, encourage and even rescue those who are in their orbit.
People who spread love want to relieve the suffering of others however they can. They are the first responders, the helpful neighbors and the volunteers who weave the safety net in our communities. They are not interested in building walls. Instead, they build bridges.
Most importantly, givers do not lack. These were the wishes of the people as they hoped and prayed for more of Umoh’s magnanimity in years to come.
At the event were Wife of the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mrs. Blessing Monday Ebong; Wife of the Chairman, Obot Akara Local Government Area, Mrs. Theresa Anietie Udoh, leader of Obot Akara Legislative Council, Otuekong Innocent Inwang; supervisor for Health in the area, Mrs. Mary Ezekiel Okon; Supervisor for Education in the area, Rt. Hon Francis Ufiokke; Mr. Emmanuel Chris Ekpenyong, Son of Senator Ekpenyong; Supervisors and Councilors in the area, PDP faithfuls, Elders, women and youth groups.