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Igbo Leader Thanks Lagos On Behalf Of Ruth Uche & Twins As Neighbours Recount Her Plight

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July 8, 2015 – Igbo Leader Thanks Lagos For Approving Welfare Payment For Ruth Uche & Her Children As Neighbours Recount Her Plight

It was a long wait yesterday at the Agege, Lagos home of the Uches who hit the limelight last week with the story of their three sets of twins.

Family, friends and neighbour gathered at the modest resident at 32, Awori/Morcas Street, Agege, waiting for top government officials who were expected on a visit.

Ever since the news of Mrs Ruth Uche, the woman whose husband disappeared on learning that they were expecting another set of twins broke, the home has become a Mecca of sorts.

As at 11am yesterday when officials of the Lagos State Government visited the area to take Mrs Uche and her children to the Secretariat at Alausa on the directive of the Deputy Governor, Dr Oluranti Adebule, some of her neighbours at the scene could not just hide their feelings on her situation which they described as “critical” and “unfortunate”.

A neighbour, Mr Umaru Aliyu, told our reporter that he could not understand why her husband fled home, considering that she is a peaceful woman who has lived in this face-me-I-face-you compound in the last two years without having any rancor with anyone.

“We all live here and saw the suffering that this woman and her children have been going through. Even when their father was around things were difficult for the family but the situation grew worst when the man left home,” he said.

Aliyu said the family could barely afford to feed, adding that the goodwill of neighbours was what they depended before now.

“But for how long will she and the children continue to depend on people to give them food to eat? She needs help in the area of food and also in caring for the children,”a concerned Aliyu stressed.

Also, Mrs Sadiat Okunola, a food stuff seller in the building said: “I do give them food stuff, because I know the challenges they have been through. It has not been easy coping with six children without any help from anyone”.

Mrs. Uche who said she will not hesitate to accept the husband if he returns home considering what she has gone through, said all was well with them but taken aback that the man who paid her dowry and married her according to her traditional rites could flee home in that manner.

She told our reporter that as a wife she has done everything to support her husband and keep the family going.

“Am very concerned about my family that is why I work hard, am in this situation today not because am lazy but because the burden is just too much for only me to handle”.

“I use to work as a messenger in Mid Atlantic Energy, but decided to quit the job and take a up a teaching appointment in the school that my children attend, that way I can be closer home and help take proper care of the children.

“The school fee for the school was N10, 000 per term for each child, but because I work there the management collects N5, 000 from each of my children, this they remove directly from my salary while the remaining N10, 000 is expended on the children educational material.”

She said the family survived on the six thousand naira she makes from the six children that she organised extra lesson for after school hours.

“That is how we have been coping since my husband left, we drink garri both in the morning and night and it has not been easy”.

She said the only help she got from a family member was from a co wife in the family who came around once to cook for her after she put to bed and was discharged from hospital.

Moved by her story, the Lagos Deputy Governor presented a cheque to the mother of six, saying that the assistance would help rehabilitate her and family.

She said the development was one of the campaign promises of the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, that the government will be compassionate to address the needs of the people.

She directed the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) to open a functional account for her where the money will be paid in, while directing government officials to take assessment of her situation so as to further address her case.

She sympathised with her over the traumatic experience she has faced in trying to raise the six children assuring that the government is ready to come to her aid and ensure the well-being of her children.

“As a woman and a mother, I can only imagine what you have gone through managing six children, it must have been energy sapping and depressing, but I salute your courage and I want to assure you that this government will not abandon you, we will stand by you and ensure that you are assisted to get back to normal life”, Adebule assured.

She thanked the woman for coming forward to seek help rather than abandon the children, which some other persons would have done, noting that if she dumped the children by the road side, it would still have been the lot of government to take custody of the children and ensure their well-being but her presence and determination to raise her children further encouraged the government to offer the necessary assistance.

The Deputy Governor added that the Governor had approved the release of some amount of money, which the deputy governor stated will be paid into an account and part of it will be used to attend to some of the immediate needs of the children and their mother, adding that officials from the Ministry of WAPA have been directed to provide the necessary logistics support to her.

Adebule however advised the run-away husband to come forward and take up the responsibility of caring for his family, admonishing him to be appreciative of the divine blessings that have come his way through the children.

President-General Igbo Progressive Leaders’ Council, Eze Uche Dimgba, described the gesture as a confirmation of Governor Ambode’s promise not to marginalise any group in Lagos.

“We appreciate the taking over the responsibility of an Igbo woman,”Dimgba, who is the Eze Ndigbo of Ikeja said.

In her reaction to the government’s gesture, Mrs Uche thanked the State Government for assisting and supporting her, noting that the love shown to her and her children could only have come from a government that truly cares about the well being of its people.

[By Miriam Ekene-Okoro, The Nation]

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  1. Metu Nyetu

    July 8, 2015 at 6:46 AM

    I hop d man was not kidnapd or murderd in som unknwn place.

    • Observa

      July 8, 2015 at 8:58 AM

      @Metu Nyetu,I’m wondering if U did NOT comprehend the contents of D above article or you are just too ashamed or still in deniel that your fellow tribesman has bolted thus running away from his responsibilities.
      I advice you and your people to come down from your high horses and say thank-you”to the Lagos state goverment for saving a Dimgba”from her impending doom that your brother- her fellow tribe,put her through.
      Please what happenned to all the so called loud mouthed business men from the Eastern part of Nigeria or the Eastern governors?

    • Observa

      July 8, 2015 at 9:05 AM

      @Metu Nyetu, did anyone say to you the man was kidnapped or reported missing????Please if you cannot say thank -you to the Lagos state government then you dont need to ********

      • Metu Nyetu

        July 8, 2015 at 10:09 PM

        @Observa, I knw ur type. U did not pass simple comprehension in secondary school. Or else u wdnt have taken dis vitriolic swipe @d air thinking u’r hurting me.

  2. Stanley

    July 8, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    these should serve as a lesson to other ladies out thr if u knw ur husband ain’t financially fit don’t open dat leg any hw and give birth,as for dat foolish man she should’nt accept him back.

    • anonymous

      July 8, 2015 at 2:32 PM

      When the man sees she is getting financial help he will come only for the money and leave her again. She has six children and if the government help help her she could start a business and take good of herself and live happily ever after.

  3. Jerry

    July 8, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Just my point, Metu. Let’s not rule out the possibility that this man might well be missing or in some sort of danger while the world condemns and accuses him of escaping from his responsibilities. He took care of the family of four children before the last twins arrived to make them six, meaning he has a means of livelihood. They have a living place at Agege while many in Lagos are homeless. Thus the man may not be irresponsible as current assumptions make him look. It is reasonably doubtful, albeit possible, that he abandoned everything and vanished just because another set of twins (God’s blessing) came his way. How is he surviving where he is? For how long would he be hiding? If he is never seen again, it may well be that a security search would have saved this situation rather than the vague assumption that he is on the run. My praises however, to Ambode and his deputy for being true leaders.

    • Metu Nyetu

      July 8, 2015 at 10:13 PM

      U’r wise@Jerry.

      • Jay

        July 9, 2015 at 6:27 AM

        @Metu Nyetu,…what is D wisdom in D case of a man that eloped and abandoned his family and vulnerable children, as soon as he realised he was having another set of twins?Would you wish that on yourself?
        For the records this man Benjamin Uche,has not been reported missing or kidnapped-that is the reason his wife is not looking for him or raising any missing alert on him .
        Please do not concur excuses for this irresponsible man. Except of course if you support his actions towards his family.

  4. RAHM

    July 8, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    And where are the self deceptive large mouthed Lagos **** community and their Eastern States’ Governors. I thought this is the right opportunity to prove to Nigerians about their boastful self reliance and what they are worth and not the rhetorical gabage thrown around whenever there are matters concerning*****. Telling the world ***** don’t need Government patronage to survive is just an empty boastful statement borne out of hypocracy. They should tell the world which Nigerian tribes don’t sweat for their daily bread and that choose to depend on stipends from Governments to survive. ***** have taken their ubiquitous presence in the markets as traders of Okrika and all manner of wares to mean hard work. Couldn’t their lack of depth in other areas of human endeavour which other tribes are very good at, is what accounts for every **** illiterate struggling to become traders in all street corners and everywhere.? Its a shame**** have failed to let their “wealth” count when it matters most in the case of Ruth Uche and, when next **** destitudes get repatriated to the East, hope they would have learnt some lessons from Ruth Uche’s case and keep their mouths shut.

  5. Dora

    July 8, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Thanks for Lagos state government for supporting her. God bless u people.

  6. Jacob Flow

    July 8, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    Children are blessing from God.. An average Nigerians suffering ..But we have those BASTARD called LegisLooters in Abuja receiving HARDSHIP allowance…..Good riddance to bad rubbish.. A big prayer from my heart to the Family for divine favour and good health to the new born babies. Please kindly forward direct contact of this woman to me.

  7. Lola O

    July 8, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Children are blessings from God, but with that comes responsibility as well. There is something called “Family Planning” and African women should partake in it. The poor keep getting poorer as they breed children they cannot afford to raise. Rich people like Presidents Clinton (one daughter) and Barrack Obama(two) don’t breed children like the poor. This is a realistic world and children are not raised on free air, even the Book of Proverbs says “money answereth all things”. What can we do without money and the grace of God? Let this woman go tie her tubes and God bless the ones she has.

    • Jilo

      July 8, 2015 at 11:02 PM

      @ Lola O. You ‘ve just mentioned the most important aspect of this conversation that is, “family planning” this could have be done when she had the last twins. It is okay to be your brothers keeper’s and look out for one another but let’s not take advantage of situation. This woman should just opt for family planning if not for preventing unwanted pregnancy at least to be able to cater for the ones she already had. In the United States, after given birth they always ask the nursing mother weather she wants family planning. If she say yes they will collect her blood sample to determine the right birth control for her. There are lots of different option on the table. This is safe and hassle free. All our hospitals in Nigeria should make this available especially for young teenagers who may try to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

  8. Metu Nyetu

    July 8, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    @Observa, I knw ur type. U did not pass simple comprehension in secondary school. Or else u wdnt have taken dis vitriolic swipe @d air thinking u’r hurting me.

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