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Rotary Club empowers widows of fallen soldiers in Port Harcourt


Over fifty widows of fallen Military officers at the Six Division of the Nigeria Army, Bori Camp have benefitted from an economic empowerment scheme organized by some Rotary clubs in Port Harcourt.

President of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Rebisi Kingdom, Warisenibo Sofiri Gladstone-Dappa who led other clubs to the six Division Nigeria Army, Bori Camp, to present cash and foodstuff worth over one million naira to the widows said the gesture is to appreciate the fallen heroes who were bread winners of their families.

He said the items will relieve the burdens the widows bear as bread winners in their families.

“This is done in partnership with eight Rotary clubs in Port Harcourt: Rebisi Kingdom, Spring Gardens, Port Harcourt Airfield, Seaport, Skywaves, Top Health, Highrise, and Port Harcourt South, in fulfillment of Rotary area of focus on Economic Empowerment and Community Development. We just concluded a peace walk in the area of Peace and Conflict Resolution. We came here at the Bori Camp to distribute food items worth over one million naira and cash of seven hundred and fifty thousand naira for fifty widows whose husbands died while defending our country Nigeria”, Sofiri concluded.

On his part, President of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Airfield, Honorable Emmanuel Taribo said “Rotary Clubs all over carry out service projects that enhance economic and community development and create opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old. We also strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities”.

President of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Spring Gardens, Ajoke Enebeli, affirmed that Rotary members are passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty; she said “our work, fighting diseases, providing clean water and sanitation, improving the health of mothers and children, supporting education and growing local economies, directly builds the optimal conditions for peaceful societies.

On her part, the cantonment Magajia, Bori Camp, Victoria Adama while expressing joy over the donations by the Rotary clubs, said it will go a long way in boosting their businesses and taking care of their children. “Almost every day we lost our husbands on the line of duty, leaving us the wives to cater for the family alone. This gesture will reduce the impact of catering for the family alone: it will boost our businesses and positively impact our daily welfare. We call on other organizations like Rotary International to emulate this gesture,” Adama said.

Our correspondent reports that other Rotary Club Presidents: Alabo Austin Bob-Manuel, Akinyemi Sodipo, Preye Miebai, Adejori Felix, and John Uri, commended the widows for their large turnout and appreciation of the gesture.

Earlier, a two-hour peace rally was carried out around parts of Port Harcourt metropolis by the eight Rotary clubs, canvassing for sustainable peace in Rivers State.