Wife of Anambra State Governor, Ebelechukwu Obiano, has denied allegation that the state government was funding her pet project, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ).
In a press statement released on Friday in Awka by her media aide, Emeka Ozumba, Mrs Obiano said CAFE is funded from her private funds and also through private donations.
According to Ozumba, the denial was “necessary to douse insinuations and suggestions in certain quarters to the contrary.”
He argued that the governor started supporting CAFE with his salary long before other public-spirited donors added their contributions.
“Anambra does not have a first lady and there is no statutory budget or allocation for such an office by the legislature,” Ozumba said.
“Thus, being conscious of the provisions of the law and the need to ensure that his wife continues with charitable works she is known for all her life, the governor staked his monthly salary which, hitherto, had gone to churches as contributions.”
Governor Willie Obiano, Ozumba said “provided a physical office for the wife of the governor where she can meet and consult with various women groups and partner NGOs who converge daily in search of audience with her at the Governors’ Lodge.”