By Sunny A. David
At the ongoing 2019 local government tour of wife of the Governor of Anambra State, Dr. (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano, where less-privileged persons, including widows from 189 Anambra communities benefitted from the gifts of cash and food, no story would have been as sad as that of two widowed sisters who lost their husbands in the space of nine months.
Mrs. Nwakaego Nwachukwu, 41, is a mother of eight who lost her husband in July last year after some odd circumstances just like her younger sister, Mrs. Ngozi Ofulu, 37, whose husband passed away this April, leaving her behind seven kids cater for.
According to both mothers who are from Akili-Ogidi in Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state, the tasks of widowhood aggravated by the difficulty in raising as many children on their own have been a thorny experience.
The sisters said they found a bit of relief having been among the over 1000 less-privileged persons, the aged and disabled, who converged on the Ogbaru Local Government headquarters in Atani to benefit from the largesse of Dr. (Mrs.) Obiano, donated through her NGO, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative, (CAFE).
They appreciated the Governor’s wife for reaching out to them at a point in their lives when they needed help most, and said they would register for one of the free skills acquisition programmes run by CAFE to aid their living.
While addressing the gathering, the governor’s wife said the skills acquisition programmes was especially for the indigent, including and urged them to tap the opportunity as a means of financial independence and poverty eradication.
She also spoke of the imperative of her visits in intermixing with the people at the grassroots, to appreciate their needs, see what is obtained in their domains and find a solution to their social and infrastructural needs.
She urged the people of Ogbaru to support contractors executing government contracts in the area to achieve adequate and effective results knowing how important the place is to the agricultural growth of Anambra State.
Dr. Obiano also pledged to put in her best towards the immediate rehabilitation of Primary Health Centers in Ogbaru and also announced that Governor has approved the free registration of all APGA female ward leaders into the Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme for one year.
The Member representing Ogbaru I Constituency at the Anambra State House of Assembly, Chukwunonso Igwe, who talked about the blessings of being charitable, noted that Dr. Mrs. Obiano’s model of big heartedness has earned her a place in God’s heart.
The Transition Committee Chairman of Ogbaru Local Government Area, Comrade Arinze Awogu noted that the two widows at Osamala and Umnankwo of whom the governor’s wife constructed a two-room furnished bungalow for, with special emphasis on the story of the Umunakwo widow, interprets the depth of her belief in love for the ordinary people.
The President General of Umunakwo Community, Mr. Lazarus Uzoh, of whose community the governor’s wife just completed and handed-over a two-room bungalow to a poor widow barely three months ago, said he was elated he could point to the structure in his community as one of the visible evidences of Mrs. Obiano’s humanitarian work.
The governor’s wife was joined at the event by the Member representing Onitsha South II at the Anambra State House of Assembly, Beverly Ikpeazu-Nkemdiche, the Special Adviser to the Governor of Anambra State on Farm Implements and Mechanization, Sir. Paul Nwosu, and wife of Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Mrs. Tina Okafor.