By Amby Uneze in Owerri
Indigent widows from the 637 autonomous communities in Imo state can now heave a sigh of relief, as the wife of the state Governor Nneoma Nkechi Rochas Okorocha has begun to put smiles on the faces of the poverty-stricken women, as she had handed over two-bedroom bungalows to each of 152 of the indigent widows in the state.
The governor’s wife built the furnished bungalows and handed them over to some of these widows, through her pet project christened ‘She Needs A Roof Project’ (SNARP), based on her belief to better the lives of the down-trodden segment of the society.
She confirmed this in an interactive session with newsmen in her office, stating that the gesture was a product of her resolution to drastically alleviate the plight of indigent widows in the state after undertaking an assessment visit to the various communities to ascertain those groaning under unspeakable hardship and poverty.
“We have 152 indigent widows who have benefited from the SNARP, but there are still very many indigent ones out there apart from the 152 that I have provided with a two-bedroom bungalow each” she stated, adding that each of the bungalows gulped between N3 million to N3.5 million.
To guard against possible hijack of the SNARP benefits, she said a verification research team made up of people of honour and credibility had been set up to ascertain those really in need of shelter, adding that evidence of being an indigent widow, Imo indigene, or of being a distressed orphan is required for the gesture.
In order to continue on the good gesture so that many affected persons can benefit from the milk of human kindness, she called on well-meaning Nigerians to assist her realise the goal of putting roof above these indigent widows in the state.
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