By: Chiadikobi Ozor
Nsukka: Traditional ruler elect of Ubogidi/Ozalla’ autonomous community in Nsukka local government area of Enugu state High Chief Samuel Ikechukwu Asadu (Okenwa Ogadagidi) has within 18 days built modern bungalow for an indigent widow of the community who has been living in a squalor mud house all her life.
Everyday news gathered that the Monarch elect of the community High Chief Asadu embarked on the project when it was reported that part of the widow’s mud house collapsed and almost killed her after heavy rainfall the previous night in the community.
Speaking during the commissioning, dedication and handover of the building, the Monarch elect High Chief Asadu said that he returned from the United Kingdom and was informed of how the widows’ mud house collapsed that night and almost killed her.
“I placed call across to my family in the United Kingdom and informed them of the ugly incident in my community, both my parents,
wife and children told me to erect a bungalow for the widow Mrs Chinyere Odobe without hesitation as nobody can tell what would be her fate if she continues to stay in the mud house. “The next day I mobilized workers and moved to site. The workers were at work day and
night and completed the project within 18 days’’
“This brief but solemn ceremony of commissioning and handover of the
building to the widow was to give God the glory for making it possible
for the widow to live in a modern house in her life time. I have houses in Nigeria and United Kingdom while someone nearly died for
lack of good house in my community. God provided for me and I have to use it to serve humanity in any little way my resources can carry.
‘’God used me to build a house for the widow but she has no pots, bed to lay her head with her children and can hardly afford a meal in a
day as she survives with her children on menial jobs and serving masons at building sites. I am appealing to spirited individuals,
philanthropists, donor agencies, churches, non governmental organizations (NGOs), local and state government to come to the aide
of the widow in providing some of her basic needs so that she can eke
out means of livelihood to be alive.
‘’I am happy to God that I have the means to be build the house for the widow. I call on other people to assist the widow in any little
way to make a living. No matter anywhere one may have travelled to in the world, East or West home is the best’’
He urged youths of the community to shun all forms of criminal activities and avoid consumption of illicit drinks, hard drugs among
others and believe in hard work, adding that he was born and breed in Ozalla/ Ugbogidi and knows what poverty is in the community before
traveling abroad for greener pasture.
However Mr. Charles Ideyi after listening to the life story of the widow with five children as narrated by Ezema Ambrose (MC Wakaete)
offered to provide bed and mattress for the widow while the former majority leader of Nsukka legislative council Hon. Ozo Okomai also offered to provide beddings to enable the widow move in to the new building.
In an interview the widow Mrs Chinyere Odobe while in tears of joy said ‘’I never believed to be alive and live in a cemented house of this nature called my own. I lost my husband over 40 years ago and ever since then I and my children have been living from hand to mouth.
The worst was that part of the mud house which is the only thing my late husband left collapsed and almost killed me at night under heavy
rainfall; I managed to escape and ran to Igwe elect Samuel Asadu (Okenwa Ogadagidi) in tears and he offered to wipe out my tears’’ she
“I and my son Obi Odobe serve meason at building sites to eat and return home to rest in the squalor which is our only inheritance.
People do give us food items at times; we use firewood to cook whenever we see what to cook. Life has been miserable on us since the
death of my husband. I have five children; some have been taking away
to the city. Obi has been the only source our feeding.
‘’God will always protect and guide Ogadagidi for the love he has shown to me and my children, sheltered a widow and provided food and drinks for the opening of a new building for me. I am crying because I
never knew that I can live in a magnificent building till I die.
Commissioning the building the administrator Nsukka West development centre Mr. Chinedu Aniche asked God to end poverty in the family because the bible says don’t treat a widow bad because she cries unto me (God) I will hear.
Dignitaries that witnessed the commissioning, dedication and hand over of the building include five catholic priests, three Anglican clerics, deputy chairman Nsukka local government area Hon. Cosmo Agbo who
promised to liaise with the executive chairman of the council Chief Patrick Omeje to assist the widow and traditional ruler of Ozzi Edem
Igwe Asogwa with members of his cabinet while women and children of the community sang and danced to the glory of God.!
By: Chiadikobi Ozor