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Anambra, Delta Govs ‘wives champion widows’ course

VIRTUOUS Widows Association, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Monday, embarked on training workshop aimed empowering widows in various skill such as catering, sowing, soap making, cooking of public food, making head tie, among other skills.

  The event which held at Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation, publishers of National Light Newspapers, Ka Ọ Dị Taa and Sports Lightxtra event hall, attracted dignitaries such as Igwe Benneth Izuchuchukwu of Umueri, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of National Light Newspaper, Sir Chuka Nnabuife, the Editor, Mrs Rose Oranye, the South-South and South East Coordinators of the association, representatives of Anambra State Commissioner for Women Affairs and her Delta State counterpart, among   others.

  Speaking during the occasion, wife of the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano represented by one of the directors in the Ministry of Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs, Mrs Hope Ekesiobi. said that the  non-governmental organisation deserved commendation for helping the widows to be seen as great mothers, adding that widowhood is not a crime or a situation anybody called for but it always occurs unexpectedly in life.

  According to her, “we are more concerned with the vulnerable whereby we have the widows, the physically challenged and every other person. We put them through learning of skills.”

  Mrs Obiano, who commended the founder of the association for her efforts in helping the vulnerable, encouraged the widows to do better in life irrespective of their challenges.

 Also speaking, wife of Delta State Governor, Mrs Okowa, represented by the South South Cordinator, Virtous Widows Association, Ezinne Caroline Anoka declared her commitment in championing the course of widows, adding that widows are paid every month in Delta State.

 She commended the group for working towards empowering widows to take care of their families.

The traditional ruler of Umueri, Igwe Benneth Izuchukwu while commending the founder of the association, Mrs Ifeyinwa Egbosiba, stressed that she has been working tirelessly to organise the program for widows, noting that she is not doing it for money making, rather to help the widows. 

  The Igwe, who called on  well-meaning individuals to come to the aid of the widows and  the less privileged, advised widows to be committed to whatever business they are doing and have passion for it instead of looking for men that will give them money”.

  The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Anambra Newspapers and  Printing Corporation, Sir Chuka Nnabuife said that it was an honour to host widows in the headquarters of ANPC to empower them in various skills that will help them in life. He described the founder of the association as a woman that does things in a very unique way and reminded them of the widows in the Bible. “She came at the time when we are thinking alike and even in Anambra State, in the present government where things about widows is often discussed by the wife of the governor, Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano.

  “Widows have different stories around them all over the world. Don’t be discouraged because of the things you face in life. In chemistry, there is what is called Alkali which turns something that is not gold into gold. The woman with the issue of blood believed that when she touches the garment of Jesus Christ that she will be healed and before she did that, Jesus asked who touched his garment. Therefore that is what is going to happen in this workshop which is to empower you in many skill acquisitions.. Develop yourself within this one-week workshop and be successful mothers,  bread winners of your various homes. Open your mind to it because it is a skill that will live with you forever. It will inspire you to a higher ground,” he said.

  In his remarks, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Obiano on Health Insurance and Pension Matters, Dozie Okpalaugo, urged the widows to take care of their health as they work to be financially stable by enrolling in the  state’s health insuranc scheme, which he said the wife of the governor, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, through her pet project, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ) made it possible for widows to be registered free of charge.

He urged the widows to liase with their cordinator to be registered and to always notify their directors if they have health challenges.

,    Earlier, the founder of the association, Ifeyinwa Egbosiba said

 that 100 widows would be empowered in various skills to enable them train their children and to be supportive in some societal activities. She encouraged the widows to be focused and take care of their children, noting that widowhood in Nigeria is not a good thing and asked them to accept their situation as God has chosen to let it be.

  “Let us know your weaknesses in your family instead of going about to look for a helper who will come out one day to mock you. We need to help ourselves. Take care of your children and if you cannot do that, come and tell us your reason. Being a widow is not a cause, rather it is a potential and it can happen to anybody. So don’t use it as an excuse to mess up yourself. Most times, widows are accused of killing their husbands. How about men that lost their wives? Nobody is pointing accusing fingers on them. Being a widow is not your calling therefore I advice everybody to embrace God to be your stronghold”. Mrs Egbosiba also urged women not to beg for food irrespective of their situations but rather remain focused on what they do to earn their living.

  One of the coordinators, Mrs Caroline Anoka also advised widows to carry themselves with all modesty and self discipline, adding that they should comport themselves at all time to train their children.

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