The Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomole, has reached out to add joy to the lives of Edo state women, the widows especially by making a life-changing donation to their lives.
The state government distributed sewing machines and grinding machines worth millions of Naira to 690 widows.
The Oshiomhole administration embarked on the distribution of empowerment items, as economic boost for the widows, who found themselves at the receiving end of bad economy and questionable cultural beliefs that do not provide for their welfare after losing their spouses. The state government’s intervention is like manna from heaven.
The presentation, Governor Adams Oshiomhole said, had nothing to do with his encounter with a widow late last year, to whom the governor apologised. The governor also gave the widow N2 million to start life anew. The governor spoke to them in pidgin English, the medium which the beneficiaries understand very well.
He said: “It is very, very clear that what we are doing today, we are not doing it because of that incident. Because some of you may remember that in 2012, we actually provided some empowerment to widows, even though the numbers might not have been up to this number. It is it my conviction that if I give you N5, 000.00 or N10, 000.00 or indeed, any amount of money or throw at you, a bag of rice, a piece of meat to eat during Christmas or Sallah, all that does not translate to empowerment.”
“I know when you get grinding machine for village, some people go come dem wan grind pepper or cassava. The small money dem go pay people go make life go on. So who get grinding machine carry go home, if na N10 the person pay to grind pepper or tomato, if he get 100 people in a day how much be that one? He go don make like N500. So na small, small, who get sewing machine, who want to sew clothes, as I see all of you here now dis clothes wey una wear, wey make everybody look fine, even me self, I fine today well well, abi no bi so?” the governor said.
Oshiomhole’s assistant in charge of Special Duties and Emergencies, Hajia Maimuna Momodu, also addressed the beneficiaries. She said the presentation of such life-changing equipment would also take place in October this year.
According to her, “even when a woman has the comfort of a husband to fall back on, it is difficult enough trying to cope with everyday needs. It is better imagined what she goes through in her attempt to meet these same needs alone. Describing the experience as harrowing or traumatic is simply an understatement. We know for sure that many women have had to suffer terribly just trying to provide daily needs. It goes without saying that widows need all the help they can find to live a more meaningful life.