By Oyibo Salihu
In order to eradicate disease, poverty, malnutrition, hunger, draught, and other endemic situations, the Kogi state First Lady, Hajiya Halima Ladi Wada, has assisted over 15, 000 indigents and the vulnerable groups in the state.
Our correspondent reports that no less than 1,500 groups had benefited from the largesse in each of the 10 local governments visited.
The feat was achieved with the convening of the monthly Food Outreach for Widows, Orphans and disabled (FOWOD), project, initiated by her pet programme, Kogi Women Empowerment Network (KOWEN), early this year.
Blueprint reports that in each of the 10 local government launched aside from the general acceptability and provision of essentials and food items at the venue, which included rice, semovita, beans, yam, garri, indomie, drinks, and other essentials in large quantity, the pet project also indulged in collation of data to give special attention to more prone ones to ensure constant provision at a beck and call.
Hajiya Halima at every forum expressed her deep passion and determination to the total eradication of poverty in the state and its environs, saying that her resolve was borne out of the desire to give back to the society what the society had entrusted to her.
The governor’s wife has also provided intermittently for orphanages with a strength of about 2,000 beneficiaries; provided foods and clothing to several beggars; location of Quranic schools; special consideration to the physically challenged through the provision of wheelchairs and hospitals in the state, in addition to payment of hospital bills of indigent patients.
Giving credence to the gesture, some traditional rulers whose domains had benefitted were seamless in their expressions.
The Obaro of Kabba, Oba Michael Olabayo, Onu Ife, Chief Boniface Musa, Ohimege-Igu of Kotonkarfe, Alhaji Abdulrasaq Isa Koto, the Elulu of Mopa, Oba Julius Funsho Joledo, and the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Alhaji Ado Ibrahim, all expressed satisfaction with the way the empowerment programme was being executed.