…Gives Cash Awards
By Jude Atupulazi
Senior citizens in Nimo, Njikoka LGA of Anambra State, are in for a good time as the President General of the community, Chief Sir Frank Anthony Igboka, is set to establish a medical home to offer free services to them.
Igboka stated this last Thursday during the maiden edition of cash awards to old men and women from eighty years and above at Egwegwe Square, Nimo.
According to him, the cash awards and plan to establish a medical home were the initiatives of his administration which sourced the money from contributions made by the senior citizens.
He said that the cash awards to the senior citizens were in appreciation of their past contributions to the town, noting that at 80 and above, the town felt they had done enough to warrant being compensated and given meritorious medals that would mark them out wherever they went in the town.
Recalling how he had feted the old people in the past with food and drinks, he said his administration would go further by establishing a medical home for the aged where they would be accessing free medical care.
He disclosed that the gesture would be an annual affair and assured that the money for that would not be a problem.
He said the initiative of his regime was in line with what obtained overseas where it was known as social security, as well as being in line with the vision of the Anambra State Government led by Gov Willie Obiano, who, he said, was committed to bringing smiles to the faces of his people. He urged the people of Nimo to therefore continue to support the governor.
'People may be wondering how I'm able to this. It's my own initiative. It's not Nimo Town Union's money, but money sourced by the beneficiaries indirectly and by my own planning.
We're also planning to set up a medical home where we will stock drugs and treat them freely. We will be inviting doctors to take care of them because we appreciate what they have done for us and pray that they live longer,' Igboka said.
For her part, the PG, Women's Wing of NTDU, Dr Mrs Josephine Ilokanuno, hailed Igboka and his team for their initiative, just as she congratulated the senior citizens for maintaining their health even at 80 years and above.
Some senior citizens who benefitted from the gesture who spoke to Fides hailed the initiative, describing it as novel, wonderful and life saving, and called for its sustenance. They pledged support for the leadership of NTDU led by Igboka, and urged the community to equally support him.
Those that spoke included, Hon Sir Paul Chike Okoye; Mr John Nzeamalu Kokelu, Ichie Ezebunandu Omile and Sir P.C. Ilokanuno.