The Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Anglican Communion, the Most Reverend Emmanuel Chukwuma has urged political leaders in the country to intensify efforts towards alleviating the plight of the less privileged.
Archbishop Chukwuma gave the advice while handing out empowerment packages to over twenty indigent widows in the Anglican Diocese of Enugu, during a special Church service to mark the end of a three day retreat held for widows at Holy Trinity Church Awkunanaw.
The programme was initiated by the Diocese as a loan scheme to assist indigent widows in the church to live better life.
Archbishop Chukwuma advised those at the helm of affairs in the country to create social security programmes that would cater for the needs of the widows and the poor especially in this current time when the nation was experiencing some challenges.
The President, Mothers Union, Women and Girls Guild of the Province, Doctor Joyce Chukwma urged the widows to invest the loans wisely to achieve the aim of the programme.
Some of the widows, Mrs. Patience Arimokwu from Saint Dorcas Parish Ugbawka and Mrs. Helen Nnaji from Obeagu Uno who spoke with Radio Nigeria in Igbo language explained that the retreat had great impact on them.
They commended the Archbishop and his wife for instituting the loan programme and promised to make judicious use of the money.
Some of the widows who benefited from the programme last year, said the loan assisted them in paying the school fees of their children and provided other needs of the family.
The annual programme with the theme: ”If God is with us, who will be against us” attracted widows from all the archdeaconries that make up Enugu Diocese.
More so, two Generating sets were presented to two churches in rural areas in the State on the occasion.