The State Chairman of the Elders forum of Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations of Nigeria (FOMWAN) Alhaja Sidikatu Ajibuwa has raised the need for Nigerians and particularly governments and Philanthropists to partner with FOMWAN to empower the elderly, widows and the less privileged to improve their welfare and standard of living.
She made the plea in an interview shortly after the FOMWAN Elders Welfare day held in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
Ajibuwa in her speech, urged beneficiaries to manage whatever they are able to get, stressing that there are many others who could not attend and benefit due to paucity of fund.
She also pointed out, that others were held back considering their health situations.
She called for assistance from all quarters to help the association so that it could cover appreciable number of the needy which she described as the most vulnerable who do not have any form of help from anybody.
“Majority of the women are old, some of them are widows who have no one to cater for them as they have passed the age of remarrying, while many of them are faced with the problem of raising their children.
There are some who are suffering from stroke and could not walk again to be present at the occasion, ” she said.
Ajibuwa who said that the programme is a yearly one done during Ramadan noted that if they have enough facilities, they would have visited such people at home to make the presentation so that they could also feel the impact of Ramadan period.
She appreciated the Muslim Welfare board, Alhaji Candy Adams Dhikrullahi, the Chief Imam of Akure kingdom, Alhaji AbdulHakeem Yayi-Akorede and many others for their magnanimity which she said should be emulated by other well meaning Nigerians to help the less privileged and the most vulnerable citizens.
A physically challenged woman, Mrs Rukayat Elegberinbo who benefitted from the programme, said she was presented with many clothing materials and some food items, but wished and prayed that her only son is empowered to complete his University education.
Elegberinbo, in her late 60s, said she use her daily alms which she gets from Nigerians to raise her son to the level he his now, despite her several pleadings to government to help ameliorate her condition and that of her son which never yielded any fruit.
Also, Alhaja Zynabu Suberu described the programme as very commendable and called on well to do citizens and philanthropists to partner FOMWAN in order to ensure the sustainability of the programme.
Assorted gift items like clothes, food stuffs and many others were distributed to the beneficiaries who were in attendance.