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Ekiti empowers 82 GBV victims with N6.9m cash, others

Materials and cash worth N6.9 million have been presented as empowerment packages to 82 survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Ekiti State. The state…

Materials and cash worth N6.9 million have been presented as empowerment packages to 82 survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Ekiti State.

The state governor’s wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, distributed the cash and other empowerment packages from the GBV survivor  fund from the Ministry of Women Affairs to the victims of rape, domestic violence and many others.

The survivors went home with cash gifts, sewing machines, freezers and food items.

Addressing the beneficiaries at her office in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, Erelu Fayemi said the gesture was to rescue the victims from poverty and neglect that are common among people in that category.

Mrs Fayemi said the state government under the leadership of Governor Kayode Fayemi would continue to fight against the scourges of rape, domestic violence and child slavery and trafficking to safeguard the future of the citizens.

She said the empowerment programme was largely targeted at women being the major victims of GBV in the Nigerian society.

“I want you to use these materials very well. Don’t use it for burial ceremonies and don’t give it out to anybody. Those of you who wanted to remarry should look very well and marry the right person, don’t be too much in a hurry to do this.

“We have gotten your phone numbers; we will be monitoring you and how far you have gone in effective utilization of these materials. They are meant to make you set up small scale businesses as means of livelihoods.”

The Commissioner for Women Affairs, Alhaja Maryam Ogunlade, commended  Mrs Fayemi for her passion for  the wellbeing of the people, saying that has helped in alleviating poverty among the citizens.

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