A woman, Mrs. Amarachi Nwachukwu, who hawks sachet water at Okpoko town, a slum within Onitsha, Anambra State, Tuesday, collapsed while hawking at Ndida Market.
The woman, who was carrying a six-month-old baby on her back, collapsed while a candidate of the Zenith Labour Party, ZLP, for the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra, Dr Obiora Okonkwo was in the market to flag-off a road project.
Nwachukwu, who said she is a single mother, fell into a muddy road, with her baby, as the candidate arrived at the market, spilling the sachet water on her head, before she was rushed into a nearby shop.
She, however, told Okonkwo, who insisted on seeing her, that she had not eaten for two days, her last meal being garri, which she sipped without sugar on Monday night.
“I don’t have a husband, I am not sick. I’m only weak because I have not eaten for days. I only used the N200 given to me by someone to buy pure water to hawk, so I can get money to feed myself,” she stated.
It was, however , tears of joy for her, as Okonkwo who rescued her, bought her food, and also announced the sum of N200,000 for her to begin any small business of her choice.
Okonkwo told journalists that: “I came to Okpoko to flag off the road project for Ndida market in Okpoko. This is a place I knew as a child, and we know that the people here are suffering.
“The woman who collapsed complained of not having eaten for days, but we have given the parish priest of St. Charles Lwanga N200,000 for her to begin a small business. I do not want to give her the money here, so she doesn’t become a subject of attack. We have told her to go to the church after now and claim the money.
“I have also instructed that my foundation, Pro-Value Humanity Foundation takes her for a comprehensive health check. My mind bleeds because people are suffering this much, and these are the kind of things that drive me to become the governor, so I can help people,” Okonkwo said.