It was a moment of tears of joy as the keys to a two-bedroom bungalow were handed over to Mrs. Roseline Anene, a beneficiary of the rehabilitation program of the Caring Family Enhancement Initiative, CAFE.
The building project which was initiated by the Transition Committee Chairman of Awka South Council Area, Sir. Leo Nwuba, was to support Mrs. Anene who had successfully been rehabilitated at the Nteje rehabilitation center for the mentally deranged, set up by the wife of the Governor, Chief Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano.
That was after over thirty years Mrs. Anene was declared missing by the family.
Presenting the keys to the house to the sixty-seven year old mother of two, Chief Mrs. Obiano described the story of Mrs. Anene as touching and tearful.
The Governor’s wife recounted how the woman was picked up and taken to the Nteje rehabilitation home, adding that she surprised everybody when, after successfully responding to treatments, said she was from Umudioka, Awka, in Awka South Council Area.
Chief Mrs. Obiano, who said the CAFE project, overlooks tribal segregations, implored people to eschew stigmatization of those who have physical or mental disabilities or those who have recovered from such ailments.
Earlier while handing over the keys to the Governor’s wife, Sir. Leo who pledged to cater for her feeding in the next one week, in addition to financial assistance to the beneficiary, said the testimony would not have been possible without Chief Mrs. Obiano’s humane disposition and kindness.
In their separate remarks, the Member Representing Awka South One Constituency at the State House of Assembly, Dr. Nnamdi Okafor, his Orumba South counterpart, Princess Nikky Ugochukwu, the Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue, her Transport counterpart, Chief Uchenna Okafor, a philanthropist and one of the financiers of the project, Honourable Ifeanyi Nwigwe, said that the gesture provided clear picture of leading by example.
They commended the wife of the Governor for giving the needy a practical reason to smile.
For, Mrs. Anene, the Governor’s wife has written a story that will transverse generations, while her son, Mr. Chukwudi Anene, noted that the reunion with his mother has changed his life for the better.
Chief Mrs. Obiano also pledged to furnish the house with two beds, a set of furniture and two standing fans, as the Commissioner for Transport, Chief Uche Okafor, will supplement with chairs and electronics.