By Ikeugonna Eleke
The wife of the governor of Anambra State, Dr Ebelechukwu Obiano, has promised to continue empowering indigent families in Anambra to ensure they are self sufficient.
Mrs Obiano who spoke during the empowerment of 350 graduands who had acquired various skills in a six-month programme sponsored by her said her major aim in life was to ensure self sufficiency for indigent families in Anambra State, whether they were indigenes or not, as far as they lived in the state.
Mrs Obiano had first trained the graduands in tailoring and fashion designing, soap making, bakery, bead making, computer repairs and others, at Mary Sumner Vocational Institute, owned by the Anglican Church.
Mrs Obiano who was praised for her philanthropy, told graduands that her major calling in life was to cater for the needy, noting that she had carried out her task diligently, even before her husband became governor.
'I do not want to know if you are from Anambra or not, but so long as you reside in Anambra, our goal is to make you self sufficient. I know that a lot of you here are not from Anambra, but because you reside here, we must empower you.
'I am particularly happy that most of this year's graduands are women. This is the fifth batch, and we have trained a total of 4,350 persons in various vocations.
'Women must be given the opportunity to work and complement the role of their husbands in the house. I am empowering you today to go and succeed so that you will not only sit and eat your husband's wealth, but partake in creating them,' she said.
The graduands, 350 in number, each got equipment for their preferred vocation, including sewing machines, ovens, laptops, dryers and others. Each also got N20, 000 as startup capital and additional N2, 000 to take home their equipment.