PLATINUM Widows and Children
Support Initiative has disbursed over
N500,000 to widows and orphans
in Abuja to cushion the effect of the
current economic realities on them.
The initiative, at its inauguration of
Trustees and maiden disbursement
to beneficiaries in Abuja, gave
out cheques for business startups,
upgrade and expansion.
The foundation’s chairperson and
an FCT High Court Judge, Justice
Safurat Adepoju, said the gesture was
to empower widows, who are now
the breadwinners in their various
homes.
Adepoju said a lot of incidences had
given rise to the numbers of widows
and orphans in the country, hence the
need to empower them financially for
them to look after their children.
Adepoju said: “The initiators of the
programme deemed it fit that women
should be empowered to take-up
the responsibility of taking care of
themselves and their children that
had been thrown on them as a result
of their husbands’ death.
“The economic situation of the
country is so appalling that when
the two parents are alive, they still
struggle, how much more when one
of them is gone.”
In his lecture, the Chief Imam of
Nawair-ud-deen Society of Nigeria,
Abuja Chapter, Dr. Nurain Dindi,
said the need to empower widows
became imperative owing to the
socio-economic challenges they face
after the demise of their husbands.
Dindi urged the beneficiaries to use
the grants for the purpose for which
it is meant and strive to also be givers
of grants.
“I will urge you to use whatever
that is given to you judiciously. Use
wealth to create wealth so that you
will not remain a perpetual beggar,”
Imam Dindi, who doubles as the
Legal adviser of the Initiative advised.
One of the beneficiaries, Amina
Idris, expressed appreciation to the
foundation for the kind gesture and
prayed for abundant rewards to their
benefactors.
Other members of the Trustees are
Alhaji Yusuf Oriyomi, Vice Chairman;
Rukayat Dindi, Secretary; Muritala
Dabiri, Welfare Officer; Sister Basirat
Oyebanjo; Rukayat Bello-Animasaun,
Financial Secretary; Sister Dhakiroh
Oriyomi, Chief Strategic Officer;
Sister Hauwau Ottaru; and Alhaji
Abdur-Rahman Balogun.

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