Abia State House of Assembly Deputy Speaker Rt. Hon. Cosmos Ndukwe PhD, narrated a very touching incident via his facebook handle. In this piece, he explained how he located an indigent woman living in a mud dilapidated house and he did this. Read full piece. 

Rt Hon Cosmos Ndukwe


When I muted the idea of building houses for indigent widows about ten years ago, I did not envisage that in 2018, we will still be grappling with the challenges of widows who live in slums and informal settlements. I had hoped that at this time we shall have addressed hugely the very inhibitions confronting widows living in squalor, drawing attention of the rich in our society where the most potent social security is “being your brother’s keeper”.

Recently, I had visited a village in Amankalu Alayi for new yam festival 15th August. During the course of that visit, I spotted a woman who sat dispirited by a thatch house so badly dilapidated that it wouldn’t by any means appear to be a living abode. I was touched. She had actually lived there as a widow for several years being what her deceased husband bequeathed to her.

The thoughts of the widow kept playing on my mind. When my delectable Amazon, who just turned 50 told me the only material gift she would appreciate as birthday present is having a house built for any indigent widow,

I was so very glad. Quickly, I reached out to the Community Services Unit of Cosmos Ndukwe Foundation and The President General Amankalu improvement Union. To select the poorest widow in their community. The rule was, though as the Founding President, I have never suggested to them who would benefit from the houses for widows initiative. I had only seen the houses and the beneficiaries on the day it would be handed over to them. I encouraged them to look out for that woman who is the poorest, investigate her story and honor my wife by building and furnishing a bungalow for her, like they had done for more than ten others thus far. The result was that the same house I saw staring at me during the new yam festival turned out to be their best select.

Friends, I am happy to inform you that work has commenced in earnest which end would be a three bedroom bungalow with parlor, kitchen, store and modern convenience to solve just the challenge of housing for a 62 year Madam Lucy Onuoha of Umuweala isiama Autonomous community Alayi . Her husband late Mr Onuoha Olugha left her with six children. I am also glad that hers would mark the commencement of PROJECT 50, an initiative of the Foundation that would see fifty widows having houses built and furnished for them within the shortest possible time.

I recollect that when we started building houses for widows, some people dubbed it “politics”. More than ten years (the widow’s party had run for more than twenty years), we do not feel we have done enough of this “politics” especially now politicians are stocking money for electoral bribe and soliders threats call. We desire to do more because many indigent widows are in dire need of this brand of “politics” that would rescue them from the traumatizing effect of sharing their houses with rodents and dangerous creatures.

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