Business mogul, Sir Emeka Offor, has so far empowered 5,000 widows through series of empowerment schemes designed to make their lives better despite the loss of their bread winners.
This was disclosed at a review meeting of the activities of the Emeka Offor Foundation over the weekend in Abuja during which the various philanthropic activities of the Foundation were reviewed with a view to scale it up in response to the current economic recession.
While speaking at the event, Mr Offor said his interest in the plights of widows stemmed out of the many negative cultural practices, which he said, has compound their emotional and physical recovery after the death of their husbands.
He expressed his delight that the beneficiaries are getting on normally with their lives and attending to the needs of their children as well as reintegrating into the mainstream of the society.
“We are committed to helping widows and orphans .We focus on economic empowerment so that they can take care of their needs and start small sustainable businesses” Offor said.
He called on wealthy Nigerians to rise to the aid of the less privileged in the society, adding that “in this recession, we must be our brothers and sisters’ keepers.