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Govt Doesn’t Fund Mrs. Obiano’s NGO, Says Aide

Posted: Oct 6, 2016 at 11:45 pm   /   by   /   comments (2)



Mr. Emeka Ozumba, Senior Special Assistant on Media to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, has said that Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano, the wife of the Governor, does not draw funds from government coffers in the implementation of programmes of her pet Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), the “Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE).”

The programmes Ozumba said, are managed with the Governor’s salary, self and donors’ support. He gave long list of donors behind the programmes.

Ozumba spoke in an interaction ?with journalists on Wednesday in Awka.

He said that the clarification “become necessary to douse insinuations and suggestions in certain quarters to the contrary, and ensure that Ndi Anambra and discerning members of the public are adequately informed on the sources of funding for the laudable programmes of the charity which are supported by and is still open for sponsorship by willing donors.”

“Most of you know that the governor started supporting CAFE with his salary long before other public spirited donors added their contributions.

“Anambra does not have office for First Lady and there is no statutory budget or allocation for such an office by the Legislature.

“Thus being conscious of the provisions of the law and the need to ensure that his wife continues with charitable works she is known for all her life, the governor staked his monthly salary which hitherto had gone to churches as contributions,” he explained.

He said the governor and his wife had clear understanding of the importance of ensuring that the welfare of the average Anambra woman is not neglected, and that the governor’s wife is playing her role in the effective mobilisation of the womenfolk for participation in governance.

“Thus, as a well-horned technocrat and auditor of repute Obiano set the parameters for private funding of CAFE before the formal launch in 2014.

Ozumba said that despite paucity of fund CAFE had been able to touch many lives positively in such a short time and names of donors to the NGO are clearly engraved on the plaques of CAFE projects such as toilets built in some rural markets across the state.

He said the programme of women mobilisation for good governance followed an existing template used by all governor’s wives which involves collaboration between the Ministry of Social Welfare, Children and Women? Affairs.

It also through Skills Acquisition training empowered over 2,000 Anambra women in areas like, tailoring and textile design, soap making, bakery and confectionery, hair-dressing and beauty therapy, and interior decoration, telephone and computer repairs, among other programmes, Ozumba said.

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