Vice President Mahamadou Bawumia has extended a token of love to a poor 82-year-old woman by building, furnishing and officially handing over a two-bedroom house to her.
This octogenarian was a leper before she has cured of her ailments. She had been abandoned by her family at Motori in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region.
Dr Bawumia embarked on this benevolent act following a Joy News documentary that detailed the plight and impoverishment of Daari Pogo, who was forced to live in a dilapidated 5 meters by 6-meter mud hut with her granddaughter Adjara after her abandonment.
The Vice President mobilized resources and within six months has been able to put up a decent two-bedroom house for her.
At a short ceremony to hand over the keys to Daari Pogo and her granddaughter Adjara on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, Dr Bawumia said:
Today is a happy day, not just for me, but more especially my mother here Daari Pogo, and our child Adjara. I am so so happy.
“As you know, I am a Patron of the Lepers Aid Society, which helps to rehabilitate cured lepers. When I saw the Joy News report by Seth Kwame Boateng I was deeply touched, and immediately reached out to help. “It appears as if she has been abandoned by her family due to her unfortunate affliction. But that is not how we should treat each other; we should be each other’s keeper.
Today I am here to formally hand over this house to madam Pogo, and assure her that we will continue to make sure she is well looked after. That is how we should treat each other. No one should be forced to live the way she was living.” “We should not shun cured lepers. Science has clearly shown that they cannot pass the disease on. Let us welcome them, make them part of our everyday lives, and more importantly, show them, love, after contracting a disease through no fault of theirs.”