As part of plans to inspire widows to be hard working, the First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode has urged widows to take the issue of their economic empowerment seriously.
Mrs. Ambode who stated this at an empowerment programme for widows, mothers with multiple births and the less privileged, organised by the Hope For Women Foundation (HOFOWEM) in Lagos, said widows must seek gainful employment through regular paid job or vocational skill that would generate income to meet their vital needs, adding that a stable income gives some guarantee of happiness and preserves the dignity and self worth of women.
The event was graced by the Director Public Defender, Mrs. Omotola Rotimi, Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mrs. Folashayo Akinbile Yusuf, Commissioner for Women Affair and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Lola Akande, representative of HOFOWEM, Mrs. Oyefunke Adeleke, All Progressive Congress (APC) Women Leader, Chief Mrs. Kemi Nelson, among others.
According to Ambode, “the case of unemployed women who suddenly come face to face with widowhood is even worse. If the late husband left anything behind, can she access it? If she can, is she allowed to enjoy it with her children? These are many more silent questions perceptually hanging before widows in Nigeria and many communities.”
She explained HOFOWEM was essentially concerned with the welfare of women and children and promised to work tirelessly towards realising those ideas that would bring joy and happiness to the widows.
The First Lady assured that the Lagos State government, through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation , would be readily available to assist women in regards to vocational training centres to train widows.
She also called on public spirited individuals, corporate organisations and non governmental organisations to assist government in giving widows and less privileged people in the society a boost.