Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Gov. Uduaghan Explains Why He Invited Aki And Paw To Meet Flood Victims
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, on Monday, said that popular Nollywood actors, Chinedu Ikedieze and Osita Iheme, popularly known as Aki and Paw Paw, were incorporated into the state’s flood disasater relief programme to serve as motivational speakers as well as help ease the pains of the internally displaced persons.
The governor confessed that his visit to the Institute of Continuing Education, ICE, flood victims’ camp at about 11.00 pm on a particular day prompted his decision to invite Aki and Paw Paw.
According to him: “As I walked in, half of the population were watching television; you know we provided a giant television for them.
“I tried to attract their attention. Some looked at me and greeted me, but they turned to continue watching the television. When I looked at the television, I saw it was Aki, Paw Paw and Ibu that they were watching.
“You see, because they were watching Aki, Paw Paw and Ibu, they forgot their pains. For them, these Nollywood actors were helping them to ease their pains. That was why I invited them to go to the different camps as motivational speakers because the victims require a lot of motivation, while they are preparing to go back home.”
The governor admitted the importance of psychological support for the victims of the flood as he sounded optimistic that Aki and Paw Paw would provide it for them.
“That is why they are here as motivational speakers. I believe that the few minutes they will spend will ease the pains of our IDPs. Those who have ability to ease those in pains, please help, it is not about food alone for the victims – that will not ease their pains.”