By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
Ondo State Government has empowered over two hundred indigent widows and gave financial assistance to about one hundred and sixty extremely distressed families in the state.
Empowerment materials and funds were given to these set of people at the 2019 celebration of international days of family and widows in the state held at the Babafunke Ajasin auditorium, Akure.
Addressing the gathering, wife of the state governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, described the role played by women in making the family stable as vital. She averred that widows should not be
discriminated against but be supported at all times.
Represented by the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Titi Adeyemi, the first lady enjoined women to be good role model to their families and by extension the society.
According to her, when the family is stable, the society will develop, hence the need for women to build their homes. She assured that the present government will not rest on its oars to ensure better living
standards and social progress of families in the state.
Earlier in her address, the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development , Mrs Titi Adeyemi explained that the special day was set aside by the United Nations to promote issues relating to the well being of the family and widows in the society.
The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Alaba Adeyemi, who read the address affirmed that the present government is highly committed to the welfare of families and ameliorate the plights of
widows to make life bearable and worth living for them.
She maintained that the family, being the basic unit of the society and main agent of socialization will continue to be strengthened to enable it function appropriately.
Delivering lecture on a theme”Families And Climatic Action:A Focus on SDG 13″ , Mrs Bolade Awosan likened family to an expensive traditional bead that cannot be thrown away.
She noted that the World acknowledged the power and abilities of what is considered the most basic unit of society which is the family.
She informed that over 600,000 deaths occur worldwide every year due to climate change ,hence the need to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in
She stressed the need for widows to be empowered in the society, noting that every woman must find something doing because of unforeseen circumstances.
In separate interviews with the beneficiaries, they commended the state government for the gesture and promised to make judicious use of the funds and the items.