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By: Ade Adeleke
On the occasion of the International Widow’s Day, the wife of the ondo state governor, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu today flagged off the distribution of palliatives to widows in the state to bring succour to them.
This is just as she said over 8000 widows are being targeted for package across the state
In Akure south local government area where the initiative was launched, the First Lady puts smiles on the faces of no fewer than 1,500 widows in the Ondo state capital.
Mrs Akeredolu’s gesture included foodstuffs and cash palliatives in commemoration of this year’s Widow’s Day celebrated in a special way for the needy.
Akure South Local Government Secretariat,venue of the distribution, was filled to the brim to collect the palliatives under the supervision of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Research & Documentation, Mrs Tope Daniyan.
Mrs. Akeredolu stressed the need to care for the widows saying that the state government was committed to improving the lives of the affected women.
She pointed out that the present administration would continue to put in place measures to make life devoid of grief and more meaningful for them just as she emphasized that the data of widows available to the government through the Office of the First Lady at www.ondowidows.com were necessary to enable the government plan, manage and evenly distribute resources to the widows in the State.
Mrs Akeredolu said, said, “it is in a bid to ensure that you become visible for support that the Ondo State Government, through the office of the First Lady and the State Ministry of Women Affairs launched the Ondo Widows’ Care website.
“Through the website, we have been able to seamlessly collate the database of over 8000 widows in Ondo State. With the database, it becomes easy for the State Government to plan for her widows,” Mrs Akeredolu said.
In a remark, Mrs Tope Daniyan applauded Mrs Akeredolu for the gesture restating her passion for women development through her numerous initiatives.
According to her, the respective bank account of the Widows will be credited aside the foodstuff palliatives handed out to them.
The distribution of the palliatives is expected to continue throughout the 18 local government areas of the state.