Deputy Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ochor Christopher Ochor, weekend, put smiles on the faces of ladies in Ukwuani local government area of Delta state.
The ladies under the aegis of Delta Queens were empowered by the Deputy Speaker with packages to assist them in their efforts to earn decent living for themselves in the local government area.
Among the items splashed on the ladies are sewing machines, hair dressing machines and others as part of moves to make the ladies self-reliant, job and wealth creators among others.
The event which held in Umutu was organised under the auspices of Ochor Ochor Foundation with Chief Abel Ogbugbulu as chairman and Nwachukwu Rita as secretary.
Rt. Hon. Ochor, who said his ascension to the membership of the state house of assembly and eventual elevation to the office of the Deputy Speaker was a result of the commitment and dedication of the Delta Queens, noted that the empowerment is designed to be carried out in phases.
He said: “I am deeply touched and indebted to you for the huge responsibility you have given to me to be your representative in the Delta State house of Assembly. It is the trust and confidence you reposed in me that has also brought the higher appointment as Deputy Speaker which has increased our commitment and responsibility to you and all Deltans.
“But as the saying goes, charity begins at home and that is why we have gathered here to empower the members of the Delta Queens to show appreciation and assure you that we are always with you.”
He appealed to the people of Ukwuani local government area to be united on issues affecting the development of Ndokwa/Ukwuani, adding that there must be unity of purpose ‘in our agitation irrespective of our political and ideological differences”
In an interview with journalists, he said: “Today is exclusively for ladies and girls and of course you know these are not the only people that make up my local government area. But today is just for these ladies. We shall continue in the next three phases of women. Thereafter, we shall finish up with the youths and men.
“Our objective is to empower our people. We want to key into the governor’s programme. We want to key into the direction of the state. We want to see a little bit of satisfaction for our people from the local government. To make them self-reliant and satisfied as members of our party that voted for us.”
Chairman of the occasion, Hon. Charles Emetulu, representing Ndokwa West in the House of Assembly while appreciating the gesture of giving out the items to the beneficiaries in the spirit of the Christmas season, commended Rt. Hon Ochor Ochor for remembering to come home to appreciate Delta Queens for their support.
Calling on the beneficiaries not to sell the items, Emetulu said: “I want to beg Delta Queens not to sell them, but put them to use and be useful to themselves and society.”
On his part, co-sponsor of the empowerment programme, Dr. Ossai Samuel, a commissioner representing Ndokwa ethnic nationality in the board of the Delta State Oil Producing And Development Commission (DESOPADEC), spoke glowingly of Ochor, saying: “Ochor has been my leader, and I have learnt a lot from him. I just thought that I should be involved in whatsoever that he is doing. He is a true grassroots leader.”
A recipient, Miss Ossai Ashiedu, who received a sewing machine among other items, commended Hon. Ochor for the gesture. With her excited mother by her side, she said: “It is a good thing. Thanks to Hon. Ochor Ochor. God bless him. I trained as a seamstress at Obiaruku, but I never had money to buy my work tools to start off. Now I have.”