By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka—WIFE of Anambra State governor, Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano, is to build an old people’s home in the state as part of efforts to touch the lives of the young and old people through her pet project, the Caring Family Enhancement Initiative, CAFÉ.
Mrs. Obiano said in Awka that she had acquired sizeable hectares of land for the establishment of the homes in the three senatorial districts of the state.
According to her, what the “old people in the society need most is attention and care.
“A lot of people would have liked to take care of their aged parents, but due to prevailing economic conditions in the country, they cannot afford it.
‘’That is the reason we decided to set up the Old Peoples’ Home so as to accommodate these senior citizens. The centre, when completed will be a world class relaxation centre for the old people.
“The social safety-net imbued by our practice of the extended family system is no longer as strong as it used to be. Today, you find the older folk not getting the necessary attention they deserve because the younger ones are busy struggling to build their own life.
“Even where it exists, you find out that what the elderly desires most is the company of others. That is one cushion they will get in the proposed Old People’s Home,” she said.
The governor’s wife said the homes, which would be built and managed by CAFÉ, would be equipped with all the necessary facilities that make for healthy living, adding that the plan was to ensure that senior citizens were protected and cared for, to ensure that they live the remaining years of their lives with dignity.
She expressed worry that some of the aged citizens of the state who were too old to be engaged in rigorous economic activities had nobody to take care of their basic needs, especially those living in rural communities.