Luck smiled on two teenage hawkers in Abakalikion Tuesday as Governor David Umahi doled out N1m to them. The two children, Ukamaka Ikema and Chimuanya Nwarie, had unknowingly ran intothe Governor who was inspecting the Akanu Ibiam Roundabout flyover along the Transhara Expressway in the city.Ukamaka, aged 10 is a primary three pupil of Ezikwo Primary School while Chimuanya, who is12, is a JS I student of Evangel Nursery, Primary and Secondary School in the state capital.
.Governor Umahi, who was accompanied by his deputy, Kelechi Igwe, and some members of the state Executive Council, had on noticing that his security aides frightened the children directed his orderly to bring them to him.After interacting with Ukamaka, who was hawking sachet water, the Governor asked his ADC to deploy a patrol vehicle to pick up the parents of the teenagers from their homes. The children had told the Governor that they had closed from school before hitting the streets to hawk.
A statement on Wednesday by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Emma Anya, explained that at the Government House, Engr. Umahi interacted with the mothers of the two children, warning them against sending their wards to hawk.
After hearing the plight of the children’s parents, he approved N500,000 for each of them for the upkeep and tuition of the two children.
Umahi told the parents to deposit N200, 000 each in their banks and use the balance of N300,000 each to start small scale business. Thewomen who were overjoyed also had another package: They were both offered temporary appointments by the governor.
The mothers of the two beneficiaries, Mrs. Blessing Nwarie and and Mrs. Ada Nwota, both natives of Okposi in Ohaozara Local Government Area could not hide their joy as they praised andthanked the Governor for his kind gesture.
They said they were convinced that Governor Umahi was sent by God to uplift the downtroddenin the state.“I pray the Almighty God to continue to shower his blessings and wisdom upon our amiable Governor and family,” Mrs. Nwarie said.Ukamaka and Nwarie, in their separate remarks, thanked Umahi and promised to be good children.