It is tradition for the first baby born on January 1 to be officially received by dignitaries, groups and organizations.
In 2017, the New Year baby, a female was born at 12.2am to Mr. and Mrs. Uyio of Ikono Local Government Area.
Weighing 3.2kg, the baby was visited and showered with gifts by the Wife of the Governor, Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel, at the Ikot Ekpene General Hospital.
The Governor’s wife specifically prayed for the New Year baby and posited that her birth would usher in prosperity for her family.
In appreciation, the parents of the New Year baby, Mr. and Mrs Daniel Uyio on behalf of other Nursing mothers, thanked the Governor’s wife for her magnanimity and prayed God to bless and reward her labour of love.
Also, the Senior Medical Director of Ikot Ekpene General Hospital, Dr. David Umoh expressed gratitude to Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel for her generosity in visiting the Hospital and donating to nursing mothers, praying that God would bless and sustain the first family.