NAWOJ to Empower 50 Widows, Street Traders with soft Grants, 30th March

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NAWOJ to Empower 50 Widows, Street Traders with soft Grants, 30th March

The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Akwa Ibom State Council is set to empower 50 widows and petty traders in the State with soft grants to boost their small scale businesses.

The empowerment which is to be chaired by the Tower of Ivory Director of Schools, Lady Dorothy Ekpoudom; is poised at supporting petty traders and vulnerable widows whose source of livelihood has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Chairperson of the Women Day Planning Committee, Comrade Nsikak-Abasi Okon, the event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 30, 2021 and will take place at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Centre, Information Drive, off IBB Way in Uyo by 10:00am.

Justifying the theme: “Conquering territories: The Resilient Woman’s Attitude in Tackling Challenges”, Comrade Okon noted that it was expedient for women to be productively engaged in industry to enable them solve financial and economic crisis in their homes and society at large.

“The theme simply implies that there is no difficulty in life that a woman can and should not be able to overcome”, she said.

Observing that the challenges faced by many women in their homes was beginning to open their eyes to opportunities, she charged women to channel their frustrations and depression into something that will yield positively for their families, adding that negative emotions and reactions do not solve problems.

Highlighting on the events for the day, the Planning Committee Head informed that 25 Widows and 25 street hawkers will be empowered from each Federal Constituency making up the State.

“We’re looking out for those without help whose small businesses have folded up or almost collapsed due to the COVID-19 pandemic; one from each Federal Constituency”, she stated.

While calling on public-spirited individuals, organizations and the government to support the event, Nsikak Okon announced that the event will be held in strict compliance to COVID-19 guidelines on social gatherings.