“The culture of comfort which makes us think only of ourselves,makes us insensitive to the cries of other people.” – Pope Francis
Senator Stella Oduah erects 150 houses for homeless widows across Anambra North Senatorial Zone.
By Ononye VC
Almost from all flanks of needs, the senator representing Anambra North Senatorial Zone, Senator Stella Oduah, is doing the needful by providing life-changing programmes for her constituents.
The recently increased tempo is marked by a new scheme for widows which includes the erection of 150 free homes for indigent widows across the seven local government areas that make up Anambra North Senatorial Zone.
Three of the model houses have been handed over to the beneficiaries while the rest of 157 are under various stages of completion. The houses are fitted with toilet facilities and other conveniences.
Speaking while launching the housing scheme, Senator Stella Oduah said, “Every human being needs a shelter. It is pathetic that most of us live in comfort and enjoy all necessary facilities and yet, our fellow humans, more so helpless widows, have no shelter to lay their heads. Many of our brothers and sisters live in subhuman levels.”
According to her, many of the widows lost their breadwinners (husbands) and were displaced by their husband’s relatives while others were thrown out from their rented apartments where they lived before their husbands died such that they could not pay house rents.
“I was pained to hear such stories and life becomes meaningless if fellow humans go through this hell,” Senator Oduah lamented.
This is counting on previous charity works she did for hundreds of widows and market women.
In Onitsha North Local Government Area, Trinitas witnessed the foundation stone-laying ceremony for two widows drawn from the area. Their names were given as Mrs Obianamma Oniah from Umuase Village and Mrs Mary Ann Aduba from Iyiawu Village.
Interestingly, the president of the Onitsha Improvement Union, Sir Chike Ekweogu, the Onitsha North chairman of the Onitsha Improvement Union, Akunne Chuka Odiakosa, the president of Ikporo Onitsha, Nwachi Egwuatu, and Senator Oduah’s team led by Hon Oraegbuna Amene were present at the foundation stone-laying ceremony.
The senator went beyond the ordinary token of offering what present-day politicians call “palliatives” to erect houses for her constituents, which is commendable.
Speaking further, Senator Oduah said: “We are working towards commissioning the rest of the houses before embarking on another phase. I thank God for that because the joy alone is incredible. None of the beneficiaries applied or begged for the houses.
“We heard about their stories, searched for them, confirmed and swung into action and I believe it is a thing of great joy and God’s blessings.”
I wish to end with this quote from His Holiness, Pope Francis:
“The culture of comfort, which makes us think only of ourselves, makes us insensitive to the cries of other people… we have become used to the sufferings of others,
‘it doesn’t affect me,’
‘it doesn’t concern me,’
‘it is none of my business…’
We are a society which has forgotten how to weep,
how to experience compassion and suffering with others…”