On the heels of her Doctor of Letters Degree (DDL) award by Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University, for sustained positive impact on human development, the Wife of the Governor of Anambra State, and founder of the NGO, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ), Dr. (Mrs) Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme), Wednesday, handed over four more houses built for three widows and an indigent family at Ogbunike, Oyi Local Government Area and Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government.
Osodieme handed Keys to the 2-bedroom bungalows built under CAFÉ Housing for the Indigent & Widows project, a flagship programme of the NGO with support of the UNDP to Mrs. Roseline Ekezie of Ndiagu, Osile Ogbunike, and Mr. & Mrs. Chito Nwobi, and Mrs. Awele Somudi of Ogbeagu, Eziagulu and an octogenarian, Mrs. Josephine Chiokwe of Umuga, Eziagulu, Aguleri respectively.
Presenting the house keys to each beneficiary, Osodieme said that the era of people living in dilapidated thatched mud house is over and assured that CAFÉ is committed to building more houses to improve the living conditions of widows and indigent families.
‘’ I feel satisfied any time I see each beneficiary of our modest gesture express happiness after receiving keys to their new houses. It is a social intervention contribution to their well-being. I must emphasize that the house belongs to the beneficiary and no one should disturb them. The water borehole component is meant to serve occupants of the house and neighbours are free to fetch from the reticulation point outside and ensure it is well maintained.’’
Osodieme explained that CAFÉ has so far built and donated over twenty-two houses under its free housing scheme; with the latest four executed with the support of United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, as a practical step towards improving human living condition. She also commended a businessman, Mr. Tony Ezeani who graciously furnished two of the buildings with furniture, settee, electronics and kitchen equipment, and urged others to emulate the quiet philanthropy and thereby obtain God’s blessings for positively touching lives of the less privileged.
In her brief remark, wife of Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Mrs Oby Okeke commended Osodieme for demonstrating love for neighbour through CAFÉ projects and urged the host communities to support her efforts.
Also in their separate remarks, the transition Committee Chairman of Oyi and Anambra East Local Government Areas, Engineer Nnamdi Nwadogbu, and, Chief Pius Ifeadi, expressed satisfaction on behalf of their respective council areas for the free housing for the windows and the less-privileged, by the Governor’s wife and thanked her for remembering persons in their areas.
On his part, Commissioner for Transport Anambra State, Chief Uchenna Okafor, said the Governor’s Wife, through her persistent magnanimity, has established an ideal model for human development which is unparalleled. He called on the people of Ogbunike to support the initiative by living in peace as advocated by Osodieme, the donor.
In their vote of thanks, the beneficiaries, who were selected through a random community scanning method, to ascertain indigent persons in dire need of shelter, thanked her and prayed to God to guide and sustenance her and family for reaching out to change their lives when they least expected it.
The Commissioning ceremonies witnessed large turn-out of men and women from the beneficiary communities including the royal fathers of Ogbunike HRM, Igwe John Umenyiora of Ogbunike, and HRM Eze Christopher Idigo, Igwe Aguleri, and Eze Chukwuemeka Eri; large contingent of APGA party faithful including APGA candidates for Oyi and Ayamelum Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Chief Ekene Enefe, and the candidate for Anambra East and West Federal Constituency, Chief Chinedu Obidigwe, and Hon Charles Obimma Candidate for Oyi Constituency Anambra State House of Assembly .