The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation Mrs Folashade Joseph has empowered about two hundred widows in Ijumu local government area to start petty businesses.
In a brief ceremony at the palace of the Olujumu of Ijumu kingdom, Mrs Joseph presented the sum of twenty five thousand naira each to the widows to enable them start small scale businesses.
The widows empowerment which started in the year 2019 under the Pa Alfred Oladele Omoniwa foundation has so far empowered over 500 widows.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries at the occasion, a widow Mrs Adewumi Bukola Florence thanked Mrs Joseph for standing up for the widows, she said most of them are now self reliant as the petty business like frying Akara, selling of farm produce and others is now flourishing.
The paramount ruler of Ijumu Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Oba William Olusegun Ayeni described Mrs Joseph as the pride of Ijumu Kingdow, he thanked her for the great things she has been doing among his subjects. He used the opportunity to congratulate her on her reappointment.
While reacting, Mrs Folashade Joseph encouraged the widows to make judicious use of the money. She promised to sustain the empowerment program to pull the widows out of poverty in line with the President Buhari’s agenda to take twenty million people out of poverty.