The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Ondo State has distributed cash and food items to some widows in state.
The gesture is part of the association’s contribution to cushion the effects of the sit at home directive of government aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The widows, some of which were wives of late journalists, were remembered by the NAWOJ Leadership, because some of them depend on their daily income to feed their children, and have been affected in one way or the order by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Upon hearing the news of the gesture, a non-governmental organization, FJ Widow’s Mite founded by Mrs. Etana Ogbebor contacted the leadership of NAWOJ for account numbers of some widows. She immediately transferred undisclosed amount to them to support the NAWOJ’s gesture.
NAWOJ chairperson, Mrs. Doris Olumoko said there was need for the association to remember the less privileged ones in the society even though women journalists were not rich but are moved to positively impact the society.
She charged well meaning Nigerians to work with government and health workers in containing the spread of COVID-19 by maintaining social distancing, regular hand washing with soap and water, using of nose mask and hand sanitizers.
Also speaking, the State chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists , Mr Adetona Aderoboye lauded Ondo NAWOJ for its timely intervention in helping the women in the society adding that the gesture would go a long way and urged people to adhere to safety regulations.
He advised members of the public to adhere to precautionary measures against the virus adding that Ondo NUJ will continue to support the association.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Aderiri, wife of the late photographer of The Hope newspaper expressed her gratitude for the unexpected recognition and gesture from the NAWOJ.
Also, Mrs Florence Afe and Mrs Fatima Muraina appreciated NAWOJ for remembering them during this this critical period and promised not to take the love for granted
The duo of Afe and Muraina appealed to other associations and well meaning Nigerians to always reach out to the widows most especially at this period.
They were all given transportation fare from the personal purses of the executive members of the association.