ADWEF, Seplat Petroleum empower widows with working equipment

Advocacy for Widows Empowerment Foundation (ADWEF), in collaboration with Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, have once again empowered widows in parts of the country by giving them working equipment to enhance their endeavours.
In a ceremony in Lagos at the weekend, working equipment such as sewing machines, hair dryers, pepper grinding machines, generating sets and others tools worth hundreds of thousands were handed over to widows, to boost their vocations.
This year’s edition which is the second of ADWEF empowerment programme is designed for the less-privileged widows in Nigeria and supported by Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc. The 2013 edition was equally a boost to the widow’s living standard.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Chinwe Nwachukwu, General Manager, External Communications, Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, said the company is supporting the widows so that they can manage their widowhood with ease, pointing out that Seplat can also assist them in other ways.
“Whatever you receive, make sure you use them judiciously. We are trying to touch lives from the money Seplat makes from drilling and selling oil”, she told the widows.
She pointed out that the company is assisting widows outside its catchment area in the Niger Delta, due to the worthiness of the programme, and so are trying to spread the programme to other parts of the country. About 300 widows attended the programme.
According to Willie Workman-Oga, Founder, ADWEF, the aim of the programme is to empower the widows so that they can manage their businesses in the absence of their better half and thus contributing meaningfully to the upkeep of the families.
Noting that the programme has come to be an annual event, Workman-Oga explained that it is the intension of the NGO to contribute positively to the lives of widows, while aligning with government agencies, traditional rulers and other international organizations who have passion for widows’ empowerment.
He stressed that ADWEF desires to help widows that already have businesses upgrade their business, while those in the verge of starting a business or sent on vocational courses would be empowered such that they can contribute positively to the upliftment of widowhood and the community in which they reside.



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