By Our Reporter
Widows in the state have been advised to be self-reliant and more resourceful in order to successfully face the challenges of widowhood.
The Director of Janet Dozie Foundation (JDF) a non-governmental organization, Barrister Chinedu Eboh gave the advice during a one day empowerment workship organized by Janet Dozie Foundation for widows at 34 Field Artillery Brigade Obinze.
Barrister Eboh said with hardwork and determination, the participant’s could end UD helping other widows through the micro-credit of the foundation, which he said is a revolving loan.
He said that Janet Dozie Foundation was instituted by Mr Pascal Dozie and his wife Chinyere in memory of Mr Dozies Mother to alleviate the sufferings of widows in the country.
According to Barrister Eboh, the motive for establishing Janet Dozie foundation was the experience of Mr, Dozie after he lost his father at the age of fifteen and the unfair treatment meted out to his widowed mother Janet. He said, however, through divine intervention, Janet Dozie was able to raise a successful family. Consequently Mr. Dozie at seventy established Janet Dozie Foundation to celebrate his mother and alleviate the sufferings of indigent widows in the country. Speaking also the Executive Secretary, JDF, Mrs. Clotlide Obinna said the mission of the foundation is to provide succor for indigent widows through the provision of finance, education and healthcare to enable widows take care of themselves and their dependants. Mrs. Obinna said since 2012, JDF has empowered more than one thousand and sixteen widows in Imo State from more than eighty-five communities.
She said following the invitation of the wife of the immediate past Brigade Commander, 34 field artillery Brigade, Mrs. Blessing Bello, JDF moved into the Army Barracks Obinze to attend to widows of fallen soldiers.
The executive secretary told them that the interest free loan which will recycle in the barracks is for the widows to be more productive and avoid being idle.
Mrs. Obinna urged the benefiting widows to ensure that efforts of Mrs. Bello were not in vain by utilizing the loan properly. In her remarks, Mrs. Blessing Bello lauded the initiators of Janet Dozie Foundation for having the interest of indigent widows and the down trodden at heart.
She was not happy that widows are left to suffer in isolation and hoped that the micro-credit from JDF will turn the life of the widows around and urged them to use the money judiciously. Delivering a lecture on “Financial Management and effective record keeping”, the programme Officer JDF, Mrs. Victoria Onwuekwe urged the widows to learn a trade or business before venturing into it, buy good products that will satisfy the consumers and avoid selling on credit.
In her own lecture titled “The Role of widows in the education of their children” Mrs. Henrietta Njoku adviced the widows to endeavour to give their children quality education and know the teachers of their children, buy the essential books for them and complement their work by supervising the home work of the children. Speaking on “The need for widows to trust God”, Pastor Mrs. Chisom Terex-Okere urged the widows to instill the fear of God in their children for them to realize their destiny. She also advised widows to have confidence in God.
In a goodwill message, Dr Henry Dozie told the widows to brace up to the challenges of widowhood by eschewing self pity and get involved in meaningful economic ventures
Dr Dozie who described himself as a finished work of a window told the participates that he was only six years old when his father died. He said through hardwork anchored on relentless prayers, his mother was able to train nine of them who are now responsible men and women in society.
In another goodwill message, Barrister Pascal Egbujuo commended Mr Pascal Dozie for establishing JDF and its charity work for widows. He lauded Mrs. Bello for her concern to the plight of widows and challenged the wife of the Brigade Commander, Mrs Fati Isiyaku to ensure that the widows were not left out in the brigade’s scheme of things.
Contributing, the Chief Host and wife of the Brigade Commander Field Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Mrs. Fati Isiyaku promised to ensure that the works of JDF for widows in the Barracks succeed and commended her predecessor, Mrs. Blessing Bello for her good works.
By Our Reporter