As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to celebrate International Widows’ Day, Wife of Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu- Akeredolu has assured widows in the State of the present administration’s commitment to giving them a better livelihood and ensuring they benefit from other dividends of democracy.
To this end, the wife of the governor who recently launched Ondowidows’ website, (www.ondowidows.com) where over 7,000 widows registered, disclosed that plans had been concluded by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to give out incentives and other needs that could help them experience a great relief during this period of pandemic.
Mrs. Akeredolu who made this known in a press release issued by her Special Assistant Media, Oluwatobiloba Fademi, empathized with the widows and described the plights of some of the them as palpable.
According to her, the distribution would commence from Akure South and reach widows in every local government area of the state.
She also re-emphasized that the data of widows available to the Government through the Office of the First Lady were necessary to enable the government plan, manage an even distribution of resources to the widows in the State.
She expressed the present administration’s readiness to prioritise their needs and would continue to put in place measures to make life devoid of grief and more meaningful for them.
While calling on every stakeholder, particularly women advocate groups to support and defend widows and their dependents in their domains, the First Lady described widows’ pain as unique and volatile, stressing that they must be encouraged and motivated in all ramifications.
Mrs. Akeredolu urged the widows to be courageous and not be physically and emotionally exhausted by their griefs, adding that the government will not relent in protecting their rights.
International Widows’ Day, celebrated every 23rd June, is a global awareness day set aside by the United Nations in 2010 to raise awareness about the violation of widows rights in many countries.