Besides the baby foods, clothing materials and other items, Mrs. Mrakpor, a former member of the Delta state house of assembly where she represented Aniocha South and also a one-time member of House of Representatives, also gave the couple N200,000 and an offer of a job to the husband as a marshal with the Capital Territory Development Agency.
The couple, Mr. Chijioke Gabriel Kurue and Mrs. Maryann Kurue had planned to have only three children with the third pregnancy that resulted in the triplets. The news of the triplets was more than what they bargained for. That was the least they expected. But on seeing the three babies and knowing their inability to care for them, the cried out for assistance.
Mrakpor, who told the couple and journalists present at the couple’s residence in Okpanam, Oshimili North local government area of the state that she saw the article as published by Emerald News detailing the plight of the couple after delivering the triplet on Sunday, said though it is stressful to take care of triplets, citing herself as example, she, however, said it is a blessing from the Almighty God.
She said she was moved to assist the family knowing that she had passed through the challenge of raising triplets even though she was a member of the state house of assembly as at the time she delivered her triplets. Her triplets were also present at the presentation of the items to the family to show their love.
They were delighted to see the children and made various complimentary comments on seeing and carrying the triplets. The presentation day, being Monday, September 7, 2020 happened to be the birthday of her husband, Barrister Peter Mrakpor, the commissioner for justice and attorney general of Delta state.
Expressing the joy of having triplets, after they have grown, Mrakpor used her triplets to express her happiness. She said: “Look at my children, anywhere they are, it is always joy, there is no regret. The children will be bringing you surprises all the time. It is in celebration of the birthday of husband that we are here.Since you said you have HND, you can join us at the Capital Territory as one of our marshals.”
In an interview after the presentation, she said: “Multiple birth is a wonderful gift from the Almighty God. But it has a way of unsettling the person, especially the mother. For the next three years, she has to be tied to them. They are quite delicate. In doing that, she cannot go out to sell as a petty trader to support her husband.
“Secondly, the husband is an okada rider, I don’t know how much he makes from riding okada that will be able to take care of the children. For the offer we have for him to join us at the capital territory, we thank God for it but it is still not enough. Any way you can assist them please do assist them.
“The tin food we bought are just 24, they may not last more than one month. The mother cannot feed the three of them at the same time. I did my own breastfeeding for only three months plus. She can’t do it. So, let us please support them. Yes, we brought so much by looking at what we brought. Within the next one month, the diapers will be gone.
“But I believe that the Lord will touch your hearts as those ones are getting off, you will be coming to help replace them. But above all, it’s a wonderful gift anybody can get from God. They make me so proud. When we go out, people look at them and say wonderful.
“They come with good health and favour. After I had my triplets my first year at the state house of assembly, doors just opened and I wish them the same thing too. God, through this triplets will locate the family. Both of them are educated. The husband has HND, the wife has ND. So, they have paid their dues. The society should support them to stand.”
Mr. Chijioke Gabriel Kurue, 33, and his wife, Mrs. Maryann Kurue are from Obomkpa and Issele Uku, the two communities are in Aniocha North local government area of the state. Mr. Chikjioke studied Business Administration from Federal Polytechnic Nekede and graduated in 2013. He started okada in 2018 after a failed search for job.
The names of the tree children are Chimamanda, Chinaza and Chinonso. They are doing well. Any good Nigerian or Deltan can still make whatever provision for them as the care for the children will take a long time before they mature. They can be reached through these phone numbers 07038627288 and 07037210484.