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query_builder February 8, 2019 17:01:21


By John Ndu

Amawbia (Awka South LGA), Feb. 8, 2019 (MOI) Wife of Governor  of Anambra state, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano on Feb. 7 presented gift items to parents that gave birth to multiple children in 2018.

The event, termed `Bounty Programme’ was organised by the Ministry of Children and Women Affairs, Awka.

The parents numbering 12 were selected from across the state.

Some of the gift items are bags of rice, tubers of yam beverages for babies and adults alike.

Other items also include toiletries, baby diapers and other relief materials as well as envelopes containing undisclosed amount of money.

Presenting the items at Governor's Lodge, Amawbia, Mrs Obiano urged the parents to raise their children with the fear of God, so as to be good ambassadors of the state.

According Mrs Obiano, fondly known as `Osodieme’ noted that children are gifts from God and they are to be carefully protected and guided.


``We want to honour and felicitate with you. Children are blessings from God and they have to be respected.

``Some parents are not careful with their children. They are too busy to offer them proper attention, to be part of their character-molding as well as effect necessary corrections where necessary.

``I urge you to offer them quality education to enable them to contribute meaningfully to growth and development of society,” Mrs Obiano asserted.

She prayed God to grant the parents the wisdom and understanding to lead the children on the right path.

Commissioner for Children and Women Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue said: ``the programme is an annual event that was evolved by wife of the Governor (Osodieme)’’.

Lady Mezue noted that the Governor’s wife touched many lives annually, through her gift and financial support to these class of people.

Mezue stressed that Osodieme had since the present administration, mapped out various measures to empower and support widows, youths and other women.

She said Mrs Obiano had in the immediate past built houses for widows, offered scholarships for the indigent and provided prosthetic limbs to many people physically-challenged.

One of the beneficiaries whose wife gave birth to triplets, Mr John Ndu, a journalist, praised Mrs Obiano for her magnanimity which according to him has been unprecedented in Anambra State.

``Mrs Obiano has helped to restore hopes to the hopeless and introduced a unique style of governance and remains accessible to the downtrodden.’’

According to Ndu, apart from provision of prosthetic limbs and other empowerment support, Osodieme has helped re-united some destitute with their families.

He urged other beneficiaries to extend their support to the present administration to further consolidate on their achievements. (MOI) ANO/OGO/TON