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A philanatropist Iyom Irene Anibogwu, has empowered 70 widows of Okuzu Umuezegbogu village in Oba, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
A 73-year-old retired Biafran Lt.-Col. Samuel Ufondu, whose leg was amputated, was among the beneficiaries of the gesture.
Addressing reporters at the weekend, the benefactor said she was moved to support the widows due to the current harsh economic realities.
The philanthropist insisted that they could start small businesses with the support funds.
Anibogwu, who hails from the community but is married to the Traditional Prime Minister of Obosi community, Chief Austin Anibogwu, urged the women to engage in entrepreneurial skills that would make them to become economically reliant and employers of labour.
She said: ‘Since the women are based in their local homes, they will have less utilities to pay for, which afford them the chance to engage in small businesses to fend for themselves.’
‘The economic effect of COVID-19 pandemic is worrisome. I felt that my maternal home should enjoy from my little palliatives to cushion the effect of the pandemic.’
Anibogwu, who spoke through Miss Charity Nwabam, explained that the septuagenarian was known for his benevolence during the Biafra war.
The philanthropist stressed that Ufondu deserved help from any member of the community.
She expressed confidence that the women would judiciously use the money to fend for themselves and their families.
‘Women are more organised and positioned to succeed in all endeavours because the care for the home is always at their hearts as well developing their skills for betterment of society,’ she added.
Ufondu, who got a wheelchair, cell phone and monetary pack, said he had been in pain occasioned by the amputated leg.
Thanking Anibogwu for the gesture, the septuagenarian said it would reduce his pains.
Another beneficiary, Mrs. Nnonye Obi, promised to use the fund and training in building her business for self-sustenance and societal growth.
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