-By Albert OGRAKA:
The wife of the Governor of Delta State and founder O5 Initiative, Dame Edith Okowa has encouraged parents to always bring up their children and wards in the ways of the Lord to represent the peace and glory of God in their lives on earth.
She stated this on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 while welcoming the first baby of the year at the Labour Ward of the Federal Medical Hospital (FMC), Asaba.
The First Lady, who was accompanied by officials of her pet project, the 05 Initiative led by the Director-General, 05 Initiative, Mrs. Kevwe Agas and medical personnel, led by the Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, Dr. Victor Osiatuna, was full of praises to God for the safe delivery of the first baby of the year and other new born babies at the hospital.
Baby Princess Chisom Martins Dibie, was born at exactly 1:20am beating other babies to become the star child of the year, delivered by 29 years old Mrs. Ifeoma Martins Dibie, from Issele-Asagba, Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State. She weighed 2.5 kg and length of 29 cm at birth.
Presenting cash and gift items to the star family at the maternity ward, the governor’s wife thanked God for the gift of life and congratulated the family of Mr and Mrs Martins Dibie on producing the Baby of the Year 2018.
Receiving the cash from Her Excellency, the Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, Dr. Victor Osiatuna, who who had earlier received the governor’s wife at the hospital, lauded her philanthropic gesture.
The father of the New Year Baby, Mr. Martins Dibie expressed joy that the birth of their first child attracted the governor’s wife to the hospital and thanked her for the cash and gifts items as well as her humanitarian gesture to the less privileged children through the 05 Initiative programme.
The governor’s wife later visited every new born child in the labour, post-surgery, post-natal and neo-natal wards respectively with gift items and prayed for them.
Remarkable on her visit was her decision to settle the hospital bills of some of the patients in the various wards. About one million naira was paid up as bills to settle for various medical treatment, including surgeries by Dame Okowa during her visit to the hospital.