Jack-Rich foundation, Belemaoil empower widows of slain policemen
January 1, 2019 would remain indelible in the hearts of over 450 widows of Nigeria’s fallen heroes as uncontrollable tears of joy flowed freely when the Elizabeth Jack-rich Foundation and Belemaoil Oil Producing Limited handed cheques of N200,000 each to the beneficiaries to help alleviate their sufferings. The widows also received wrappers, provisions and foodstuff.
The widows of slain police officers, numbering 300, Department of State Security (DSS), 100, and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), 50, were drawn from across the country.
They gathered in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, for the empowerment/support programme with the theme: Remembering Our Fallen Heroes.
It was a gathering mixed with feeling of joy and sympathy, as some of the widows were young women with babies between the ages of six months to 12 years.
President of the foundation, Mrs. Elizabeth Jack-rich, expressed concern over the plight of the widows occasioned by the deaths of their husbands who sacrificed their lives in the course of securing the country.
Though she stated that no amount of gift would be enough to repay the sacrifices the fallen heroes and their widows made to the nation, Jack-rich expressed hope that the gesture would assist them to start-up or enhance their businesses to have a steady means of income.
External Affairs Manager of Belemaoil, Samuel Abel-Jumbo, noted that it was delightful for the firm to celebrate those who have sacrificed their lives for the country. He said the company decided to partner with the foundation because it pays attention to an important area that touched its interest in social responsibility.
Amid tears of joy, one of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Patience Nsikabe, expressed gratitude for the gesture, saying it would alleviate the sufferings and pains she has been subjected to since the death of her husband three years ago when he was shot dead by armed robbers while on duty.
Another beneficiary, Janny Felix, said: “It has not been easy taking care of three children since five years my husband was shot dead by hoodlums while on duty. I am happy this foundation has remembered me today.”