Akpan Etukudoh Asare
48 widows from Adadama commumity whose husbands were killed during the communal conflicts between them and Ebonyi State have been allocated free parcels of lands by one Pastor Joseph Akpata of Prophetic Revolution Ministry.
The donation was done recently to assist the women participate in the ongoing farming season. Akpata said acquiring farm lands for the widows this farming season was another dimension to extend support to them since they are unable to do so without their husbands.
Akpata usually runs annual empowerment programme for widows in parts of the state.
He said he decided this year to play the role which the late husbands would have played during this farming season by acquiring portions of lands if they had not been killed.
“In January 3018 my church transferred me to Adadama community to pastor the branch there. It was here that I discovered this affliction among the widows. Acquiring plots of farm land for 48 of them is this farming season is another dimension of extending supports to them.”
Akpata said that he was moved by the plight and travail of widows, especially those who have to shoulder heavy responsibilities of raising large number of children alone, train them at schools and clothe them, to singlehandedly begin the widows empowerment programme in 2016 at Ugep in Yakurr LGA of the state.
“That year God helped me to support 147 widows. We repeated it for 200 the following year. In 2018 I had two centers: Adadama had 380; and Ugep had 198 in attendance.
I now use the name of the Church to execute the burden. I was pastoring a branch of the Church in Ugep, where I started. Since January, 2018 I was transferred to Adadama.
“I receive support from the branch of the Church and also from negligible number of public spirited individuals. The support has not yet extended more than these two centers mentioned above.
“For this year, I hope to exceed more than 400 because last year, a village that was far from Adadama center was omitted. What is uppermost is the word of God that is usually shared within the 3-day gathering to console these depraved women”, he said.
He added that apart from financial empowerment, the widows are helped to learn skills like baking confectionery, decorations and cooking but that those trained are yet to be given financial supports to take off on their own.