By Vincent O Ezechukwu
In the spirit of Christmas season, the Anambra State Commissioner for Children and Women Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue, at Prof Dora Akunyili, Women Development Center Awka, empowered the seven arrested fake blind beggars.
The seven middle age women, that were empowered and set free, are among some beggars that were arrested few weeks ago for disguising as visually impaired, while using under age children to seek for alms in the streets of Awka and Onitsha. The women were released after undergoing councilling, during a short rehabilitation period by the ministry of women affairs:
Lady Mezue, while empowering the women in a short emotional ceremony, advised them to use this opportunity they were offered to turn a new leave, she further encouraged them to deploy the assistance received from the ministry to better their lives and that of their families.
To demonstrate her willingness to assist them to make a change for the better, the Digital Commissioner, presented to the women, Christmas gift, such as; bags of rice, vegetable oil, cartons of noodles, fabrics, toiletries, among others items, before they were allowed to go home.
The Honorable Commissioner, went a step further and offered a substantial financial assistance to them, this according to her, the undisclosed amount will enable them to start up small business, to avoid the temptation of going back to begging.
Lady Mezue, finally, warned the pardoned beggars against going back to using children to seek for alms, while noting on the consequences that will befall them if eventually they fail to make the best use of the second chances offered to them by Anambra State government through the Ministry of Women Affairs.