There was shout of joy at the Abakaliki Township Stadium, Abakaliki on Thursday when Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State announced the birth of a baby during a state launcheon party for elders and widows in the state by his administration.
The baby arrived just minutes before the governor called out about 1,710 widows to be empowered by the government as part of the efforts to lessen their burden.
An elated Umahi drew his wife, Rachel close to him and named the new born girl, Rachel Mgborie David, a combination of the names of his wife and himself.
Umahi, according to a statement on Friday by his Chief Press Secretary, Emma Anya, advised that the mother of the baby girl, Regina Patrick, should add the name of her late husband as the surname of the baby.
Immediately, he announced a donation of N1m to baby Rachel and directed his Senior Special Assistant on Religious Matters and the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Ebonyi State chapter, Very Rev. Father Abraham Nwali, to open an account for the baby with the money.
Patrick, one of the 1,710 widows drawn from the all the political wards in the state, lost her husband six months ago.
Umahi said, “There is a woman whom I was told gave birth in this celebration ground and as I was deliberating with my wife. They said she had become pregnant before her husband died six months ago.
“We will give that child a name. Her name will be be four, Rachel Mgborie David plus her late dad’s name. Rev Father Nwali will use the sum of N1m to open an account for the child.”
The governor also offered scholarship to her from secondary school to university level, saying, “If it pleases God that we are out of power after her schooling, wherever we are, we will make her enjoy scholarship for secondary and university”.
The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Barr. Samuel Okoronkwo, who coordinated the programme, which is part of the activities marking Umahi’s two years in office and the 2017 Democracy Day celebrations, was full of gratitude to God for his mercies. He said that the widow and the baby were taken to the hospital.
In an interview on Friday at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Patrick from Amagu Izzi in Abakaliki Local Government Area, said that both her and her baby were in stable condition.
She explained that she did not get any sign of the baby’s arrival when she arrived Abakaliki until 2pm when she started noticing some changes and decided to rush to any nearby hospital.
The lady was full of praises for the governor and his wife for their kind gesture and prayed God to promote them to a higher level.
She said, “We went to the stadium because they told us to go there that governor wanted to see the widows. I began to have pains by 2pm. I was trying to go to hospital but the traffic would not allow us to come out of the stadium and I gave birth there.
“They told me that governor and his wife gave my baby N1 million and gave her scholarship. I am so happy because God remembered me through the governor and his beautiful wife. I am thanking him and his wife and I am praying that God will elevate them more.”.
While she confirmed that her husband died six months ago, she revealed that she has five children. Her first son, she said, was electrocuted not too long ago.