Osodieme: Demonstrating exemplary care for the poor in COVID-19 times

By Editor on 06/05/2020

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Obiano presenting the keys to Ogbuanukwu

It is amazing what a little bit of love could achieve in the life of the person on whom it is shown, because that gesture might be all the receiver needs for a general turnaround and be on a positive trajectory through life’s vicissitude.

This secret seems to have been discovered by Ebere Obiano, wife of Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano. And for those wondering how to demonstrate evidential care for the poorest of the poor, especially during this period of COVID-19, scourge, she seems to have pointed the way. 

By discovering the import of doing the little things that matter, she has continued to break barriers with her life-changing activities in recent years through her Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE).

This came into demonstration again on Tuesday May 5, when she handed over the keys of her model two-bedroom apartment to another set of recipients, in continuation of what has become one of the enviable symbols of the two-term tenure of her husband.  

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Okeke receiving her own keys from the first lady

This time, the beneficiaries of the largesse, were Ifeoma Ogbuanukwu of Umunwehi Village, Akwaihedi in Nnewi South Local Government and Mrs Monica Okeke of Ezihu village Igboukwu, in Aguata Local Government, both of Anambra State.

And what a time to give such succour. But, the first lady explained the rationale: “The advent of Coronavirus has changed our world drastically and the new rule is, 'If want to stay alive, stay at home!'

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"Since this pandemic started, we have all been rooted to our homes. Unfortunately, there aresome of our sisters who cannot stay comfortably because they have no roof over their heads.

“This is why I decided to come out today to ensure that our sisters stay at home and stay safe by handing the keys to two new 2-Bedroom bungalows built free by my NGO, CAFE."

She also used the opportunity to hand down some useful advice to the residents of the two Anambra communities, urging them to observe utmost discipline and responsibility at this period in order to keep the COVID-19 virus at bay.

Emphasising on the need for them to observe basic hygiene such as regular handwashing with soap and water, the use of hand sanitisers  and maintenance of social distancing, she warned that unlike the belief in certain places, coronavirus is real and could kill if  people continued to ignore the basic routines, which also included the use of face masks in public places.

“When leaving your house, use your face masks. Wash your hands with soap regularly, using sanitizers and avoiding crowded places," she said.

Promising that the houses would be furnished with necessary household furniture and television within the week to ensure the comfort of the beneficiaries, she called on everyone to learn to help others who are less privileged especially at this time.

Her words: "Don't wait till you can make it big, do what you can now to help others; no matter how little. You are also encouraged to support what we are doing by donating to CAFE and we will acknowledge your support." 

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Speaking at the event, Member Representing Nnewi South II Constituency, Anambra State House of Assembly, Johnbosco Akaegbobi, commended the first lady and her NGO for remembering an indigent widow in Akwaihedi with a new house at a most ideal time.

He said: "We are indeed grateful to you and also to your husband, our Governor who gives you all the support to touch lives."

Echoing a similar sentiment, his counterpart representing Aguata Constituency Okey Okoye, was also full of praises for the governor’s wife, showering her with accolades and prayers.

Hear him : "God who gave you the grace to turn this widow's place in Igboukwu from a dilapidated state to brand new house will continue to bless and keep you and your husband in Jesus name." 

Commissioner for Women Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue, conveyed the greetings of the women and children of Akwaihedi and Igboukwu to the Wife of the Governor for braving the threat of Coronavirus to make the house handover possible for the two widows possible.

Transition Committee Chairman Nnewi South Local Government Area, Chieloka Okoye, and his Aguata counterpart, Eche Ezeibe, also hailed the first lady for the good work, saying they were indeed proud of all her charitable programmes and are praying fervently that God would keep her and her husband, Akpokuedike, healthy to continue to work for the good of ndi Anambra. 

The beneficiaries who were, palpably elated at the gesture, described it as the best gift ever in their individual lives, while also showering her with prayers and calling on God’s blessing upon her and and her family.

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The houses are amongst the twenty-seven built and now handed over to the beneficiaries by CAFE. 

Coming at a time when Nigerians are wondering where all the billions of Naira budgeted as reliefs to cushion the effect of the COVID-19, had gone, the gesture, has demonstrated that with focus, prudence openness and integrity, a lot could be achieved in the life of the poor by those with good heart. Osodieme, has scored another bull’s eyes.

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Obiano addressing the community

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Obiano demonstrating handwashing procedure while Ezeibe, watches

 

Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on May, 6 2020

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