BY SUNDAY AKINTOYE
No fewer than 100 widows from Lagos Island received food items and token money from Kolawole Ajibade Oyekan KAO Foundation on Thursday in Lagos.
The foundation organised a one day poverty Alleviation Programme for widows which was witnessed by Stephen Adegbite, the president of Christian Association of Nigeria CAN , Lagos chapter and some invited dignitaries from all works of life.
The foundation gave the widows food items such as a half bag of rice, beans and garri and also a sum of N5,000 each for their transport fares.
Speaking with Journalists, the executive director of the foundation, prince Taiwo Oyekan said the programme was organised to assist the widows who are struggling to survive during the economic downturn of the country.
Apart from this, Prince Oyekan explained further that the widows need to be assisted and show love and care to them especially the aged one among them.
“I am not doing this for political reason but I am doing it to show love and care to our widows who are living with us in Lagos Island.What we offered them may be little but they appreciated our foundation for doing that.It is not going to stop here, we have committed to alleviate the suffering of our windows with the little cash and food items given to them which I believe it will meet their expectations,”he said.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to our correspondent expressed joy with the food items and cash received from the foundation.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Abiodun Kajola said the food items she received from the foundation would go a long way in her life and urged other foundations to channel their programmes towards widows on Lagos island.
“I thank KAO foundation for remembering the windows at this critical times of our beloved country.We all know the price of goods in the market and for KAO foundation to assist us with the food items and cash, we need to commend the foundation for job well done,”said Kajola who prayed for the long life and sound health of the Prince Oyekan for his commitment towards the widow’s welfare on Lagos Island.
In her own comment, Sonibare Sekinat Ayoka expressed delight for the kind gesture of KAO foundation noted that many widows are facing hard times in the last few years.She said what foundation did to the widows came at the time when widows are beginning to lose faith in the present government of the country and admonished the government at all level to create programmes for the welfare of the widows.