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Nigeria Cannot Thrive Ignoring Widows – Mrs. Ambode

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Posted: Mar 7, 2016 at 7:20 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
Ejikeme Omenazu, Lagos
Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, wife of Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday said that no society can thrive where widows and the less privileged are continuously ignored and schemed out of welfare calculations, just as she said that all hands must be on deck to put premium on the welfare of society’s vulnerable persons.
Mrs. Ambode, who spoke at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, Lagos, during an empowerment programme for widows, mothers with multiple births and medical support for the less privileged, said societies can only thrive when the burden on widows are made lighter and the less privileged are assisted in a number of ways to live better lives, therefore deliberate efforts must be made to alleviate their sufferings.
No fewer than 32 widows, 14 parents with multiple births and five non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the vanguard of helping the less privileged were empowered at the programme.
The programme was put together by Mrs. Ambode in conjunction with a non-governmental organisation, Hope for Women Foundation (HOFOWEM).
She said the initiative was put together in order to assuage the conditions of the less privileged and put smiles on their faces. The governor’s wife stressed that the condition of widowhood is a bitter pill that no woman wants to swallow, but that in such situations government and members of the society must make their welfare a concern, and work towards alleviating their plight.
“We also have women who, in their quest to fulfill their marital role of procreation and motherhood, were blessed with multiple babies in a single birth. This, in most cases, is more than their moderate expectation of one baby or maximum of two, and what is supposed to be a blessing becomes a concern for the family,” Mrs. Ambode said.
She urged widows to also be gainfully employed, and they must take the issue of economic empowerment seriously either by taking up a regular paid job or engaging in vocational skills that would generate regular income to meet their needs.
She promised that the state government, through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, would be available to assist widows and the less privileged in that direction, and urged them to take advantage of the many vocational training centres of the ministry located across the state.
Mrs. Adeleke Oyefunke, HOFOWEM convener, said the foundation put together the empowerment programme after a careful study of the trend in the society whereby enough help was not coming for widows and the less privileged.
“We are eternally grateful to Her Excellency for her kind and humane disposition towards the people of the state, especially women and children,” she said.