The wife of the newly elected Anambra State Governor, Lady Ebele Obiano, over the weekend announced that she would assist no fewer than 5,210 indigent women in the state to set up small-scale businesses this month.
Speaking at the Women Development Centre in Awka on the occasion of the 2014 Mothers Summit, Mrs Obiano said the proposed intervention was part of her pet project, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE), with equal number of beneficiaries drawn from each of the 177 communities in the state.
She also said that about 2,655 vulnerable children would benefit from her welfare scheme, while 1,416 physically challenged persons would receive succour under the scheme.
Speaking on the theme of the summit, ‘Women and Progress in Anambra: A Priority Agenda’, Obiano observed that despite the roles women played in the society, their healthcare and other needs were not readily available and affordable.
She said for this reason, the CAFE had embarked on the provision of life-saving kits to expectant mothers and the distribution of cancer testing kits to women for early detection of breast cancer.
She said the intervention would widen the scope and number of beneficiaries in the years ahead