Total empowers widows with skills, financial support
Concerned by the devastating challenges of widows in the country, Total Exploration and Production Nigeria, (TEPENG), has empowered 280 widows in Rivers and Akwa-Ibom States with skills and access to financial support.
The Deputy General Manager, Community Affairs and Development of TEPENG, James Urho, said educating and empowering widows is key to enabling them survive, grow and become economically independent to take care of themselves and their children.
Urho stated this during a workshop designed by TEPENG in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, to equip women with information and skills that would help them improve and improve their socio- economic conditions.
Represented by the Manager Community Relations, Okechukwu Obara, Urho charged the women to remain resolute, assuring that the firm would continue to provide succour where it can, no matter how little, to assist them create a life for themselves and their children with the aim of ending cycles of poverty and abuse.
A resource person, Dr. Charles Apoki, said continuous empowerment of women would reduce the poverty level in the country.
He explained: “We have underestimated the power of womanhood and any nation that underestimates women will never do well. When you empower a woman, you empower children. It is women that feel pain and know how to manage the resources. So when women are empowered, the entire household is empowered. There is no doubt that empowering women will reduce the poverty level in Nigeria.”
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