Nigerian billionaire, Mrs Folorunso Alakija has announced she will give N25,000 each to Nigerian widows as the fight to contain the coronavirus continues.
The 68-year-old, who deals in fashion, oil, real estate and printing industries, also disclosed that orphans will benefit from the donations, too.
Mrs Alakija, who’s the founder of Rose of Sharon Foundation (ROSF), made the pledged in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
According to the statement, the money would be given to widows and orphans across the 36 states of the country registered with the ROSF.
Read the statement below:
“The Founder, Mrs Folorunso Alakija, through the Chairman, Mr Modupe Alakija and its Board of Trustees, will give N25,000 to each of its registered widows and orphans in Nigeria’s six geo-political zones in the wake of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) challenges.
“Following the outbreak of this virus, low-income earners are adversely affected by the health and safety policies instituted by the Federal and State Governments.
“The Rose of Sharon Foundation wants to make sure that none of our beneficiaries goes hungry, as 90 per cent of our dependents’ daily income is derived from small trading activities. Widows are vulnerable as they have to take care of their families as sole breadwinners, and orphans have to fend for themselves.
“ROSF is an NGO focused on alleviating the plight of widows and orphans. We design and execute programs that give financial independence and educational opportunities to widows, their children and orphans. Together, these programs build on the Foundation’s mission and values, responding to the challenges faced by widows and orphans.”
“Let us all rise up to the occasion: reach out and touch those who are vulnerable to this pandemic that faces our nation, Nigeria. May God heal our land and bless us all.”