By Dennis Agbo
ENUGU- Their joy knew no bound on December 23, when the Enugu State Deputy Governor, Lolo Cecilia Ezeilo joined the Nnanyelugo widows of Ukehe in Igbo etiti local government area of Enugu state to celebrate Christmas.
It was their 2017 Christmas edition, an event that has become a ritual since 2006 when the Enugu state commissioner for Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority, ECTDA, Mr. Chidi Aroh commenced celeberation of Christmas with the widows numbering about 1000.
Secretary of the organised Nnanyelugo widows, Mrs. Ukamaka Ugwuogor said they cannot count how much they have benefitted from the magnanimity of Mr. Aroh since he organised them for other benefits outside Christmas party and gifts.
“He has been doing many things for us, he comes to our rescue to offset hospital bills when our children are sick. Today we are celebrating Christmas with him which did not start today but since 2006.
“Each time he gives us rice, clothes, money and many other things. We are grateful and we are praying for him that God will promote him so that he can do more for us,” prayed Ugwuogor.
The Deputy Governor, Mrs. Ezeilo reminded the women that she was equally a widow, adding that God has been kind to the widows through people like Aroh.
She noted that God cautions against wickedness to widows but kindness such as the one being displayed by Aroh. “We widows carry a lot of burden but people like Chidi Aroh is asking us not to carry so much.
“We dont have husbands to cry on their shoulders and that’s why we appreciate Aroh and His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi who accepted a widow like me to work with him,” Ezeilo said.
Aroh described the widows as his wives, friends and allies who have given him and his family more than the widows have received from him.
He noted that it was not good that their husbands died but that succour will continue to come their way even as Governor Ugwuanyi had been showing support to the widows even before he became a governor.
Aroh announced commencement of N500 million endowment fund for the widows, starting with N5m from January 2018.
He promised that if Governor Ugwuanyi goes in for a second term in office through their support, the endowment fund would be doubled.