The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has empowered 75 women with N10,000 cash each in Jenkwe Development Area of Nasarawa State to improve their standard of living.

Mrs Safiya Sani, the state Programme Manager of IHVN, made this known on Thursday while disbursing the funds to the women at Sabo Kwarra, Jenkwe Development Area of the state.

She said that the disbursement was part of the institute’s humanitarian gesture in order to improve on the lives of women, especially vulnerable women and children at the grassroots.

She urged them to use the fund to engage in meaningful economic ventures in order to improve their personal lives and that of their family members.

“The institute prioritise the welfare of vulnerable women and children, hence the deliberate effort to cushion their plight,” she said.

The programme manager emphasised that the distribution was geared toward impacting on the lives of the beneficiaries positively.

She restated the continued commitment of IHVN to key into good policies and programmes that would have direct bearing on the lives of Nigerians, especially vulnerable women and children.

Mr Adamu Alhassan, the Programme Manager, Mother and Child Care Enhancement Foundation, an NGO, commended IHVN for the gesture.

Alhassan said that the gesture had helped in reducing poverty rate among vulnerable women especially in rural areas in the state.

She assured IHVN of strict monitoring and enjoined the beneficiaries to use the funds for the purpose it was meant for.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the beneficiaries who spoke during the disbursement exercise pledged to ensure judicious utilisation of the facility.

They commended IHVN for the gesture and called for its sustenance.