First Lady of Anambra state, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano has decided to focus on issues related to water and healthy living in the state.
She assured the people of her commitment towards promoting hygiene and healthy living conditions among indigent women, children and the vulnerable in the society, through provision of basic amenities as well as making them accessible.
Mrs Obiano announced this during an event in which she was honoured by the European Union and the UNICEF.
She was named the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Ambassador at Professor Dora Akunyili’s Women Development Center, Awka, Anambra state.
UNICEF revealed that an estimated 124,000 children under the age of 5 die because of diarrhea annually.
This according to them is due to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene which results in diseases, including respiratory infection and under-nutrition.
The event which was also used to mark the 2016 Global Hand Washing celebration and the presentation of the state’s open defecation free road-map, presents an opportunity for strong advocacy on maintenance of clean and hygienic environment to further help in eradicating water and airborne diseases in the state.
A joint team from the European Union and UNICEF are seeking partnership with the wife of Anambra State Governor, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, in the area of sanitation and hygiene to tackle the issue of open defecation identified in two Local Government Areas in the state.
The leader of the delegation, Dr. Kabiru Abbass made the request at a meeting between the team and Governor Willie Obiano, who received them on behalf of his wife at the Governor’s lodge in Amawbia.
At the meeting, the joint delegation also announced the nomination of the Governor’s wife as EU-UNICEF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, WASH, Ambassador.
With a growing population, sanitation and hygiene, have become serious concerns and the state government has initiated projects to tackle the sanitation needs like the road sweeping and drainage de-silting projects with provision of equipment to improve operations.
Also, the pet project of the wife of the Governor, the Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ), that targets the welfare of the less privileged, the physically challenged, women and children also undertook some measures in the area of provision of water, sanitation and hygiene projects in market places and for some widows.
This contribution, however, drew the attention of the European Union and the UNICEF to which they sought partnership with CAFÉ to enhance the war against open defecation status in Anambra East and Aguata.
The EU and UNICEF team visited Anambra State Governor to intimate him of the endorsement of the wife’s programme, intention for partnership and her nomination as WASH ambassador.
Wife of Anambra State Governor, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, has commissioned modern bungalows built for two indigent widows in two communities of the state.
During the commissioning on Monday, Mrs Obiano explained that the Housing for Indigent Widows Programme is a continuation of the initiative of her pet project, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE).
The programme targets giving succour to indigent widows, catering to the less privileged and creating a sense of belonging amongst the physically challenged persons.
The Governor’s wife assured the residents that the Willie Obiano-led administration would strive to ensure the spread of dividends of democracy to every citizen of Anambra State.
She called for the spirit of friendship, stressing that the project has met the needs of the less privileged irrespective of party affiliations.
Mrs Obiano added that more widows would benefit from the housing project in which at least 10 indigent widows have already benefitted.
She said that the project was sponsored by well-meaning citizens of Anambra State whom she reached out to help support the mission.
The two beneficiaries of the project, Mrs Chinyeaka Okeke, and Mrs Margaret Anoyou, were full of praises for the unexpected gesture, saying their lives have changed forever.
The event was rounded off at Nteje in Oyi and Mbaukwu in Awka South local government areas where modern conveniences were also commissioned in the markets.