20th September, 2010
At least, 2,500 widows in Oshodi Local Government, Lagos State have been empowered withÂ means to make a living.
Special Assistant to the Governor of Lagos State on Christian Religious Matters Rev. SamÂ Ogedengbe gave out items ranging from toilet rolls, provisions and others to widows toÂ trade with to make money.
According to him, before distributing the items to the widows, they asked them whichÂ business they were engaged in and then distributed to them such items to trade with. HeÂ added that cash was not given to the beneficiaries to avoid a situation where they wouldÂ spend the money.
â€œApart from the widowsâ€™ empowerment, we have empowerment programmes for youths to reduceÂ the menace of area boys.Â Doing this will complement governmentâ€™s programmes in the areasÂ of health and job creation,â€ he said.
He added that about 2,500 widows were targeted in the current programme, adding that theÂ widowsâ€™ empowerment programme had been on since 2007.
Some of the beneficiaries commended Ogedengbe for the gesture and called on privateÂ bodies and well-meaning Nigerians to come up with programmes aimed at empowering widows.
According to a beneficiary, Mrs. Funmilayo Adeniran, the programme has helped to boostÂ her business and urged others to emulate Ogedengbeâ€™s gesture and help the widows.
Mrs. Gloria Omoboyowa said she had been a beneficiary of the empowerment programme sinceÂ inception, adding that last year, she was given some toilet rolls to sell, the proceedsÂ from which she used to pay her childrenâ€™s school fees.
Also, free medical screening was carried out on the widows, while drugs were distributedÂ to patients who needed them.