Tears of joy cascaded down the cheeks of Ngozi Tasie as she moved into the two-bedroom bungalow built and donated to her by the member representing Mbaitoli State Constituency at the Imo State House of Assembly, Okey Onyekanma.
For solid 25 years, the indigent widow and indigene of Umuchoke Mbieri in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State lived in a dilapidated shanty exposed to and pummeled by the harsh weather.
Rainfall and intense sunshine had beaten her while in the ‘cold’. But the lawmaker has recovered her from the ‘cold’ by giving her a shelter, one of the basic necessities of man.
Obviously, her joy knew no bounds. The dazed widow was effusive in her thanks to God and the lawmaker for bringing her into the warm embrace of a decent accommodation.
Clearly, she neither believed nor dreamt of owning a comfortable and clean apartment where she could relax and rest her limbs and bones after each day’s labour that brings peanuts as proceeds.
For the widow, it was a classical case of when the Lord turned our captivity we were like them that dream. The widow thought it was a dream. But it was a reality. And like Yakubu Mohammed observed in one of his articles in the now defunct Newswatch magazine, this reality was more frightening to her than a nightmare.
She said: “I am extremely overwhelmed and thankful to Onyekanma for bringing so much joy to my family. God has used Onyekanma to put an end to the suffering of my family. I never knew that I would be a house owner today. I am in a state of ecstasy. Glory be to God Almighty.”
It was also time for her to supplicate to God to shine His countenance on the lawmaker, who until recently was the deputy speaker of the House.
Taise declared; “For bringing succor to a homeless widow, you will never lack. God will grant you the strength and resources to keep doing more for your people. You’re not stopping at the House of Assembly, you will go far in your political career. You will be elected into higher positions. I make this decree in Jesus’ name’ and the guests chorused a deafening ‘Amen’.
Earlier, Onyekanma had explained that the gesture was to alleviate the sufferings of the poor widow. He said he was touched and pained to see the widow live in a squalid shanty pummeled by elements of the weather.
Onyekanma, spotting a grey but fresh-looking goatee reiterated that the project was a work of mercy and a promise he made to God and his constituents to keep on justifying the confidence reposed in him as their representative.
He said; “I was touched when I heard that the 59-year-old widow and mother of five children did not have a house. I said to myself that building a house for her would alleviate her sufferings. I thank God that I am here today, to handover this building to the beneficiary.
“This project is in line with my vision to accomplish life-touching projects in my constituency and to give practical meaning to quality representation.”