Widows Day, which is celebrated on 23rd of June , is not celebrated as at when due, Instead celebrated on 29th September due to security issues
Widows Day is day set aside by the United nation ( UN) to commemorate with women who have lost their heart- throb husbands, bread winners, helpers and indeed better halves. The celebration is intended to raise an action towards addressing the plight of widows as regards Injustices and denial of inheritance rights, stigmatisation, isolation (where widows is accused of being responsible for husbands death), poverty, unemployment and harmful traditional practices among others. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Never Alone” .
In his welcome address, the Hon. Commissioner Ministry for Women Affairs, social development and integration. Alhaji Aliyu Bello Tola commends the efforts of his Excellency, sen. Muhammad Umar Jibrilla for uplifting the lives of widows and orphans in the state in order to alleviate their sufferings. He further applauds the efforts of security forces and development Partners for touching the lives of women and children and ensuring that peace is restored in the state.
In her speech, the president widows association council Mrs. Hilda Makanto, said “ Widows Day is an Action Day to call on government to formulate and deliberate policies towards ameliorating challenges of widows and their children, philantrophist , NGOS and other development partners to equally support the plight of widows. She further stated that global statistics as at 2015 revealed that 259 million widows and 585 fatherless children abound in the universe, while Adamawa state alone has a fearful figure of over 25,000 to show. She called on the government to take concrete measure as regards to reduction and stamping out of maternal mortality ailments in the health sector, establishment of more girls boarding schools for quality girl child education in the state. She further called on government to equip widows dilapidated office with necessary equipment and gadgets that befits an office for effective result. “Provision of monthly stipends to enable us pay our staff their due welfare will be a welcome development.
Finally she pleads to government to provide them with vehicles to enable them transport sociology humanitarian services effectively to their teaming members in the rural areas.
In her remarks, the permanent secretary, ministry for women Affairs, Hajiya Maisaratu Bello, applauds the efforts of the present government and development partners for coming to the aid of women and children whenever the need arise.
There were goodwill messages by representatives, civil society organisations NCWS, CAN, FOMWAN and NAWOJ.
In the same vain, the widows presents the level of generosity shown to them by the present government by exhibiting their talents to the Governor and his wife Hajiya Maryam Muhammad Umar Jibrilla, where each local government display their products.
To add more, the widows association presents 50 bags of Rice, wrappers and other food items to be distributed among their fellow widows , and the sum of 5000 (five thousand naira ) to some orphans in the state.
There was presentation of gift to deserving participants and orphans present by governor wife.
Those present at the occasion are; Secretary to the state government, Hon. Member representing Numan constituency, who is also chairperson House committee on women Affairs, Mrs. Sodom Tayide, Hon. Commissioner Ministry for Women Affairs, Permanent Secretary ADSEMA, Wives of Hon. Commissioners, Representative of UN Agencies and CSOs NAWOJ, CAN, FOMWAN, UNICEF, UNFPA among others.
BY : AISHA SAAD