To cushion the effect of the Coronavirus, COVID-19 and the planned second lockdown and to reach out to the women in Calabar South, Rt. Hon. (Chief) Orok Duke, a former member of the Cross River State House of Assembly, has shared bags of rice worth hundred of thousands to women.

Chief Orok Duke, while giving out the rice at Egerton on January 2, 2020, said the gesture was his own way of appreciating his community by bringing them together in a period of collective crisis.

He added that this usually happens every year after Tinkoriko, and that he hopes to sustain the gesture going forward.

He also distributed the rice to women of ward 2,3,4,5 and 6, including ward executives across Calabar South LGA.

“This is something that has a historical perspective to us here, it is something I used to do even in the sixteen years I represented this community. Usually, as you know, Tinkoriko started in 1993, a day after Tinkoriko we used to host the women, because the younger ones participate in Tinkoriko, the elderly ones come around a day after Tinkoriko, but because of COVID-19 Tinkoriko didn’t hold, but we are still keeping to this part of the programme,” Duke said.

Duke insisted that the gesture has nothing to do with politics but a way of bringing the communities together.

“We are doing women, regardless of political affiliation, that’s why we didn’t chant APC or PDP. Whatever your colouration, wherever you come from, join us let’s celebrate New year,” he added.

One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Theresa Okon, thanked Chief Duke for the show of love, saying that the happiness of those who came to receive the gift knows no bounds.

“I am happy that after the whole lockdown we have gotten something,” she said.

Another beneficiary, Miss Veronica Akan, thanked Chief Duke for the gesture, thereby asking God to replenish him.

The items shared include 80 bags of rice.

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