Three widows and two other families, who were victims of the recent fire outbreak that gutted their apartments at Ugboezeji, Abakpa Nike, Enugu, yesterday paid a thank-you visit to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for the timely assistance he offered them to overcome their challenges and start a new life.
It would be recalled that Gov. Ugwuanyi, upon receiving the unfortunate news of the inferno, dispatched a government delegation led by Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi, to the victims to sympathize and offer them assistance.
Consequently, the governor gave the five tenants the sum of N500, 000 each and N1 million to the landlord to assist her rebuild the property. Briefing newsmen at the Government House, Enugu, amid excitement, after an audience with the governor, the widows and other victims expressed profound gratitude to him for his kindheartedness, care, compassion, humility and Magnanimity to the lowly and less privileged.
The victims who sang praise songs for Gov. Ugwuanyi asked God to continue to bless, guide and grant him his heart’s desire, stressing that they were highly honoured to be assisted and also invited to the Government House to interact and be consoled by the governor.
Speaking, the daughter of the late landlord of the burnt property, Priscilla Aniekwe, confirmed that “the Governor of Enugu State came to our rescue and he assisted the landlord with the sum of N1 million and
each of the tenants – the three widows and two others – he gave them foods, mattresses, and other relief materials and also gave each of them N500,000”. According to her, “we are here to appreciate him, to tell him that he has done good things for us. We are so happy for all he has done for us. We are excited; we can’t thank him enough; may the good Lord lift him higher, and promote him wherever he puts his head. Let the good Lord guide and protect him in Jesus Name. Amen”.
One of the widows, Mrs. Nneka Onyekwelu, said: “We are very happy for what our God-fearing governor, Gburugburu has done for us. Let the Almighty God bless him in the Name of Jesus. We had lost all hope when everything we had got burnt into ashes, until he came to our rescue and gave us hope again. May Almighty God help him and give him abundant life. Amen”.
Narrating her ordeal, another widow, Mrs. Patience Eze, stated: “On that 25th December 2018, I went to church and came back, went to the market to buy some things before I could come back fire has razed down my room. I did not bring out anything.
“But when we were crying, asking for where will help come from, surprisingly Governor of Enugu State, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, came to our rescue and gave us all kinds of assistance. He gave us foods, he gave us money.
“Our prayer is that God will reward him and all those working with him that came to console us and wipe away our tears. He has redeemed all he promised to do for us. All of us are very happy. And we are saying, our governor, it shall be well with you. May God continue to guide and protect you and grant you victory in your re-election this New Year. Goodness and mercy shall not depart from you in Jesus Name. Amen.