GROUP EARMARK N120M FOR WIDOWS AFFECTED BY BOKO HARAM INSURGENCY
The Executive Director, Victims Support Fund, Prof. Sunday Ocheche, said the organisation had earmarked N120m to support 7,000 widows and other vulnerable women affected by Boko Haram insurgency.
Ocheche made this known at the inauguration of the project held in Maiha Local Government Area of Adamawa State on Wednesday.
He said that the beneficiaries were those in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
Ocheche said that the development was to improve livelihoods and create business opportunities for the widows who lost their husbands to Boko Haram insurgency.
“As part of the organisation’s humanitarian intervention in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, about 7, 000 widows and other vulnerable women would be assisted with unconditional cash grant.
“Each beneficiary will receive N20,000 cash to start a small business of her choice,” Ocheche said.
The executive director said that the programme started last year with 1,000 internally displaced women living in some camps in Maiduguri.
He added that after the successful outcome of the exercise, the organisation decided to expand it to reach more women and cover other affected states.
He explained that due to the dynamic nature of the project, it would be extended to cover other affected states in the region in the future