Oba (Anambra) Oct. 2, 2020 A Female philanthropist, Iyom Irene Anibogwu has empowered no fewer than 70 widows of Okuzu Umuezegbogu village in Oba, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra with over a million naira.
Anibogwu enjoined the women to engage on entrepreneurial works capable of making themself economically reliant and through their small business could be employers of labour in place of been non productive.
She said in an interview with journalists on Friday that the women who are residents in the rural area could start off small business with the little support.
She said that since they are based in their local homes they would have less utilities to pay for which affords them the chance to engage in small business to fend for themselves.
Anibogwu who hails from the village but married to Chief Austin Anibogwu the Traditional Prime Minister of Obosi community said she was moved to support the widows.
“ The economic effect of COVID-19 pandemic is worrisome and I felt that my maternal home should enjoy from my little palliative to cushion the effect of the virus challenges. she said
Miss Charity Nwabam, represented Anibogwu at the occasion and assured that the women would make utmost use of the money to fend for themselves at the very harsh economic period.
“ Women are more organised and positioned to succeed in all their useful endeavours because the care of the home are always at their hearts as well develop their skills for betterment of society,” she said .
Nwabam disclosed that some of the widows who are under attack of stroke namely Mrs Irene Obi, Esther Okeke , Obianauju Okafor Philomena Obodoekwe were also given medical items in addition to their monetary support.
Mrs Nkoli Samuel one of the beneficiaries commended Anibogwu for her though to visit them some financial support and other food items at the time of draft and urged other rich women to emulate her steps.
Mrs Nnonye Obi, another promised to utilise the funds and trainings garnered so far in building their businesses and agriculture for self sustenance and societal growth.
Mr Samuel Ufondu, a 73-year old retired lieutenant colonel in Biafra war veteran whose leg was amputated received a donation of wheelchair cell phone and monetary pack.
Nwabam said that Ufondu had been in terrible pain due the amputation of his leg and thanked his benefactor, as the kind gesture would help him relieve some of the pains occasioned by his amputated legs.
She said that Ufondu was known for his kind gestures during the Biafra war at Okuzu Umuezegbogu village and that he deserves any help he gets from anybody from the community.
Mrs Chinwe Ufondu wife of the beneficiary commended the benefactor for her concern and said that many people had been available to them since the leg was amputed.
Mr Basil Emmanuel one of the kinsmen called on the state government to make provision to care for the former Biafra war veterans as they age instead of been left to the mercy of the relatives or friends.
“Ufondu was a great soldier who assisted the community and environs during the war time both in provision of food materials, giving protection and getting useful information’s that helped to keep many people safe, today he is helpless,” he said.
Newsmen reports that Mrs Janet Ufondu , 96 years old mother of the benefactor urged the government and community leaders to always remember those who served the state and community at the young age when they are very old or in need