Ex-min­is­ter urges as­sis­tance for wid­ows

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ojoma Akor

For­mer Min­is­ter of State for Ed­u­ca­tion, Dr. Jerry Agada has called on Nige­ri­ans to as­sist wid­ows and the less priv­i­leged.

He made the call while launch­ing the newly formed non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion called Foun­da­tion for Pas­sion and Gen­uine Hope (FOPAGH) in Abuja.

Agada said pro­vid­ing suc­cour to wid­ows and those who have suf­fered de­pri­va­tion is tan­ta­mount to do­ing the work of God.

He com­mended the founder of FOPAGH Mrs. Nneka Vi­vian Atu­anya for es­tab­lish­ing the NGO say­ing as some­one who has un­der­gone the rigours of wid­ow­hood her­self it was worth­while giv­ing back to the so­ci­ety.

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor African Cen­tre for Lead­er­ship De­vel­op­ment Dr. Otive Ig­bu­zor in his key note ad­dress said wid­ows and wid­ow­ers were treated dif­fer­ently in Nigeria.

“While the wid­ower is com­forted the widow is sub­jected to pain and harm­ful prac­tices. Wid­ow­hood is as­so­ci­ated with pain es­pe­cially when the widow has no busi­ness or ed­u­ca­tion to fall back on,” he said.

Rep­re­sented by Dr. Orji Og­bu­reke, he said in­ter­ven­tions that can al­le­vi­ate the plight of wid­ows in­clude abo­li­tion of harm­ful tra­di­tional prac­tices, sur­vivors ben­e­fit scheme, es­tab­lish­ment of coun­sel­ing cen­tres for wid­ows, and pro­tec­tion of their rights among oth­ers.

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