Obosi (Idemili North LGA)-No fewer than eighty women from Mmakwum Village, Obosi, Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra State, have received various palliatives from the wife of the Traditional Prime Minister of Obosi, Mrs Irene Anibogwu.
The items which worth millions of naira to include bags of rice, cartons of tin tomatoes, assorted drinks and biscuits were shared out to the women.
At the event, Mrs Anibogwu, popularly known as Iyom gave out N500, 000.00 each to the first batch of indigent widows, assuring that the second batch would soon receive their financial empowerment.
She said that the empowerment was support to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mrs Anibogwu noted that COVID-19 pandemic was a reality and appealed to the women to observe the precautionary measures outlined by the government and Nigeria Centre for Disease and Control (NCDC).
“We can only stop the virus from spreading widely to homes and killing our loved ones when we observe the directives; wearing of face shield and face masks, washing hands with soap and water regularly observing social distancing,” she said .
Wife of the Prime Minister urged the women not to feel downcast because of the harsh economic situation in the country but to put to use every little income to business ventures.
Iyom, then, urged them to remain steadfast and pray fervently, especially now the country was facing serious challenges.
The President, Mmakwum Union Women Wing meeting, Mrs Edith Chiemenam, commended Mrs Anibogwu for remembering the women at a time the economy was down.
“Odibeze, Nwanyi Obioma, I do not know how to express my happiness for your wonderful love toward the women; May God continue to bless, sustain and protect you and your family,” she prayed.
Mrs Chiemenam said that the gesture would motivate the women to sleep without experiencing nightmares.
She called on other wealthy women in the community to emulate the gesture and serve humanity with their wealth.
One of the beneficiary and a widow, Mrs Carol Orakwute, said that she had wiped tears from her face and promised to put the money in petty trade.
Another beneficiary, Mrs Precious Onunkwo said that she was not expecting cash at this time but thanked God, noting that she would go back to her petty trading.
“I stopped business since the COVID-19 pandemic but with this financial support, I will start a new life, God bless her and family,” she said
A co-wife of Iyom, Mrs Ifeoma Anibogwu urged women to be of good behaviour and take seriously the responsibility of home careering.
Mrs Patricia Egbunam, the oldest member of the union urged the women that benefited from cash empowerment to put their money to good use in order to take care of their families.
Other beneficiaries are Mrs Hope Okafor, Mrs Faustina Ojukwu and Mrs Antonia Okpuno.
Source: Anambra State Government