Traditional Ruler’s Wife Donates Cash, Food Items to Widows In Ekiti Community
By Remi Koleoso [NAN]
Mrs. Olutoyin Ajakaiye, the Wife of the Traditional Ruler of Iyin-Ekiti, on Friday donated N10,000 cash to 10 indigent widows in the community to boost their petty businesses.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the beneficiaries were selected from the four quarters that make up Iyin-Ekiti in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state.
The widows also received clothes, packets of maggi and bags of rice, among other food items.
Presenting the items to the beneficiaries at the palace of Oluyin of Iyin-Ekiti, Oba Adeola Ajakaiye, she charged them to invest the money in their businesses and not engage in frivolous spending.
Ajakaiye described the gesture as her own contribution to alleviate their sufferings after the death of their husbands.
She said: “What actually attracted me to the widows in Ekiti and Africa as a whole is the way they always suffer after the death of their husbands.
“They only need small support to gain balance to take good care of themselves and their children.
“Fortunately, during the Christmas celebration, one of my friends from the U.S. supported me with some items for the elderly and widows.
“This is why I decided that whatever I was given during the Christmas as a gift, I am going to donate to widows.
“We started with just 10 widows, but within the next two weeks, we are going to have another batch of widows that will benefit from the programme,” she said.
Mrs. Funmi Komolafe, who represented the friend to the monarch’s wife from the U.S, also admonished the beneficiaries to utilise the money judiciously.
Also, the Women Leader of Iyin-Ekiti, Mrs Bolakale Agbaje, appealed to the beneficiaries to make good use of the money and other items given to them.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Biodun Owolabi and Mrs. Dupe Ajisafe, thanked the wife of the traditional ruler for the gesture.
They expressed joy over her magnanimity and promised to invest the money in their businesses. (NAN)