No fewer than 500 informal businesses in Edo State run by widows have received grants to boost their business ventures.
The cash transfer to the widows was coordinated by the Edo State Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Office. The grant, according to the focal person, Edo SDGs, Eire. Ifueko Alufohai, was donated by Access Bank to the state government in support of the unskilled labour force in the state.
Confirming receipt of the grants, beneficiaries who spoke to journalists commended the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led state government for always prioritizing their welfare and bringing succour to widows in the state. Mrs. Agho Florence, a petty trader in Ovia North-East Local Government Area, said the government has continued to prioritize the welfare of widows in the state, taking nuanced steps to alleviate their sufferings.
She said, “I want to thank Governor Godwin Obaseki for his efforts at improving the livelihoods of Edo people, including widows and other indigent persons in the state. “The financial support is quite timely considering that we are going into the festive seasons. Already, I have channelled mine into my pure water business and hope that I make more sales so as to increase my profit. I commend the Governor and other partners who made this possible.”