…in all, over 1500 widows benefit in Akoko S/W, moves to Akoko S/E
Due to the conformation by many doubting widows in the state that the widows COVID-19 palliatives being distributed by Her Excellency, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu is real and apolitical, the number of registered widows in the remaining local government areas has doubled.
This was revealed by the technical coordinator of the initiative, Mr Ife Awoyelu during the distribution of palliatives to over 1500 widows and about 10 BEMORE girls in Akoko South West Local Government Secretariat, Oka Akoko.
“Basically, since we started, awareness has improved. The laggards: those who doubted initially, a lot of them are now registering. So, registration has really improved.
“The numbers we are getting in a local government now is like times two of what it used to be when we started. For instance, we are in Akoko South West Local Government. We have about 1500 widows who have registered and as you can see they are all here.
“Basically, when you come, we check if your name is on the system because when you register, it automatically goes to the data base and we check. Awoyelu also stated that the team is doing all it can to ensure that the palliatives go to the right widows and not people who pretend to be widows.
In his words, “Virtually all of them, their names are in the database and as soon as they come, we confirm they re truly widows and not somebody who just want to take what’s meant for the widows. Once we verify their names, they get their palliatives”.
After receiving the palliatives, which was done in orderly manner and in adherence to COVID-19 protocols, the overwhelmed widows rained praises on Arabinrin Akeredolu.
“She as done really great for us. It has not been easy for a woman alone to cater for the children, especially those of us widows that lost our husbands early in our marriages. Taking care of the kids has been difficult. We really appreciate the First Lady. May God help her too”, said Mrs Veronica Afolabi from Oba Akoko.
Other widows, including Mrs Abigail Ayoko and Mrs Nike Lawal from Oka; Mrs Iyabode Ayorinde from Iwaro Oka and Mrs Nurudeen Sikiratu from Ikese, thanked the First Lady for the gesture.
Also benefitted from the palliatives were more than 10 BEMORE girls, some of who were Folake Olawale, Oloruntogbe Aduradoyin and Fasesin Omolabake.
“This year hasn’t been an easy one for everybody. We are just trying. May God bless the First Lady and The Governor for this initiative”, said the girls.
The distribution of the palliatives would be moved to the 16th LGA, Akoko South East.