VSF earmarks N120 million for Boko Haram widows
The Executive Director of Victims Support Fund (VSF), Prof Sunday Ocheche, has disclosed that the sum of N120 million has been earmarked to support 7,000 widows and other vulnerable women affected by Boko Haram insurgency in the NorthEast.
Ocheche, who made this known yesterday at the flagging off of the project in Maiha Council of Adamawa State, added that the beneficiaries were those women affected by insurgency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
He said the development was to improve livelihoods and create business opportunities for the widows, who lost their husbands
to insurgents’ attacks.
Noting that each beneficiary would receive N20, 000 cash to start a small business of her choice, Ocheche said the programme started last year with 1,000 internally displaced women living in camps in Maiduguri and the success of the exercise encouraged them to expand it to reach more women and cover other affected states.