Widows are married women whose husbands left behind with huge responsibilities. For some widows whose husbands left with an inheritance like businesses and properties, taking care of these responsibilities will not be much of a problem. While those whose husbands left with little or nothing, pass through excruciating hardships to train their children, pay house rents, and shoulder other responsibilities confronting them.
In this period of economic recession in our country Nigeria, one can imagine what many families and indeed widows go through in order to survive. Some widows who are petty traders in our various markets suffer much more. Most of them suffer under freezing rain and scotching sun just to eke out a living.
It is therefore not out of place to conclude that these widows deserve some love, pity, assistance, protection and care through empowerment. In a bid to alleviate the sufferings of some of these widows, the Chief of Staff to the Government of Imo State has taken up this challenge.
About five weeks ago while on inspection of on-going projects in the State Capital, the Chief of Staff to Imo State Governor, Hon. Ugwumba Uche Nwosu passed through the RELIEF MARKET Owerri. He saw the pitiable condition of some women tradings in the market. Upon inquiry, the Chief of Staff was informed that some of these women were widows. He felt sad. He instantly felt their pains and promised to stand in the gap towards ensuring that they have a better life and that of their children.
Collation of information about the widows instantly commenced. Having ascertained the number of widows at the Relief Market, a date was fixed for the first phase of the empowerment programme, and a press release was made public to that effect.
On Wednesday, the 26th of July 2017, the widows at the Relief Market assembled in front of the popular “NGOR-OKPALA HOUSE” located adjacent to the entrance to the market. The Time was 1.20pm. The Chief of Staff, Hon. Uche Nwosu was represented by Citizen Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha, the facilitator of THE UCHE NWOSU EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE (TUNEI), and Sir Amos Akanno, the Director General of EZIHE FOUNDATION, two of the numerous platforms Ugwumba Uche Nwosu uses to empower and alleviate the plights of the less privileged in the society.
Addressing the widows, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu condoled the widows on the death of their husbands and prayed for the repose of their souls. He informed them that he has come to wipe away their tears. He pleaded with them to accept him as their new husband and son who has come to aid them stand back on their feet and thus lift their heavy burdens.
He assured the widows that he would be there for them always, to cater for them and to assist in growing their respective trades. However, some of the widows asked pertinent questions which were answered. While some asked if the funds to be given them were refundable loans, others asked if the empowerment was for political purpose. All the questions the widows asked received answers that pleased them.
Thereafter, accreditations, and documentation of the names, phone numbers, home addresses and residential addresses of these widows took place. Shortly thereafter, Citizen Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha and Sir Amos Akanno handed over envelopes and other materials to the widows, with a promise that with the information collected, a more empowerment package would be prepared for them.
The Ceremony ended in Praises, Thanks, Prayers and Gratitude to Almighty God for using Ugwumba Dr. Uche Nwosu as a Vessel Unto Honour, to alleviate the plights of the Widows. The Second phase of this Empowerment programme will also take place at the Relief Market Owerri. The Third Phase will take place at the New Market Owerri. The Fourth, Fifth and Sixth phases will take place at the main Market otherwise called Ekeonunwa Market Owerri. This will be followed with the empowerment of people with various disabilities in the state etc.