Nigeria: Ekiti First Lady provides lifeline for 110-year old woman with no children
London, August 1, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The First Lady of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi has taken over the responsibility of sheltering, feeding and clothing a 110 year -old woman, Madam Jolaade Osho in Okeruku, area of lkere- Ekiti in Local Government Area of the state.
The aged woman was found in a ramshackle building during the verification exercise for the Food Outreach Program for the elderly, known as “Ounje Arugbo”. The project is coordinated by the Ekiti Development Foundation (EDF) run by the office of the First Lady.
Mama Osho was unable to make it to the meeting point for the exercise so the team took the exercise to her doorstep and there they discovered 110 year-old woman’s lonely and pitiable living condition. The frail looking woman was said to have lost her three children many years ago and had no one to take care of her.
Erelu Fayemi who was moved to tears upon hearing about the woman’s predicament paid her a visit on Tuesday at her residence in Ikere Ekiti, where she pledged to personally supervise her well being henceforth.
In addition to changing her accommodation, and making arrangement for her daily feeding and upkeep, the wife of the Governor also assigned two nannies to take care of the woman.
Announcing her decision to continuing taking proper care of the aged woman,, Erelu Fayemi said: “It is very important for us to remember that we have elderly people in our communities who are vulnerable because they either do not have children or their children are far away and had forgotten them or not able to look after them.
“During John Kayode Fayemi (JKF)’s first tenure, we had the social security programme for old people, which meant we were able to improve their lifespan. But over the past four years, the social security scheme was jettisoned and many of them became indigent.
“In September we are restarting the social security scheme. I thought l should supplement it with a programme called “Ounje Arugbo”, that is providing food supplement for the elderly and in the verification exercise for that scheme we found this old woman in Ikere, who as we were told is about 110 years old.
“Her children have died many years ago and she has no one to look after her.
“Although, sometimes extended family members drop by to see what they can do but she has been living in very bad condition. I was appalled that a human being can be living in such a place where animals should not even live. So l am happy that we are able to do what we have done for her, and l will like to urge members of the public to reach out to old people in their communities, show them love as we too will one day grow old and not everyone will have people to look after them then.”she said
The visibly joyous Madam Osho was lost for words as she embrace the First lady.
The Chairman, Ikere Local Government, Pastor Kayode Olubode, thanked the Wife of the Governor for her unrelenting effort and support for the people of the state. The APC State Woman leader, Mrs Monisade Afuye, who accompanied the First lady to Madam Osho’s home, also thanked the state government for the planned reintroduction of the social security scheme for the elderly citizens in the state, a development she said would assist some other indigent elderly citizens in the same shoes as madam Osho.