Ugwuanyi pledges responsibility for welfare of deceased family’s only surviving child
Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has pledged that the state government will take full responsibility to ensure that Chidiuto, the nine-month-old only surviving son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Chukwu, does not suffer in any way.
This followed the tragic incident in which the Chukwus, their three-year-old daughter, Nazareth and maid, Ukamaka, died after a meal suspected to be poisoned at their residence in Umuchigbo, Iji-Nike in Enugu East Council of the state.
Speaking when a delegation from Governor Ugwuanyi visited the deceased’ extended family, who took custody of the child, Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Development, Princess Peace Nnaji, conveyed the governor’s heart felt condolences to the family, describing the incident as ‘a sad development’.
She stressed that Ugwuanyi was really saddened by the development, adding: “That is why he sent us to come and condole with the family.”
Nnaji assured members of the extended family, headed by Basil Chukwu, that they were not alone in their moment of grief as the state government was doing everything possible to ensure that it unravels the cause of the deaths to avoid recording other victims of food poison.
She said the only surviving baby has become government’s child and that the governor had given his word that although his parents were no more, the state government would not abandon the family and the child.
The commissioner, who prayed for the repose of the souls of the deceased, said: “On receiving information that the child was breastfed by his late mother before she died and also ate from the soup, which the victims consumed, the baby was taken to the hospital immediately for proper medical attention.”
Responding on behalf of the family, elder brother to late Lawrence, Sylvester Chukwu, thanked Ugwuanyi for the love for them in their trying moment and promised that members of the family would join hands with the state government to take care of the child.
Chukwu, who narrated the efforts the family made to save the victims, while in hospital, also commended Nnaji for the visit, kind words and encouragement.