A Catholic based Organisation, Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), has empowered 177 women and caregivers with N10,000 cash each in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
This is to improve on their standard of living, that of their family members and their health status.
Rev. Fr Mathew Ofoku, the Coordinator of the organisation in the state, made this known on Friday while disbursing the money to the beneficiaries in Nasarawa, Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Intervention programme was in collaboration with the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN).
Ofoku said that the gesture was part of the organisation’s deliberate humanitarian gesture in order to improve on the lives of women and care givers positively for societal development.
According to him, the Catholic Diocese of Lafia has its responsibility beyond spiritual reawakening, hence the need to initiate people’s oriented programmes that would put smiles on the faces of the vulnerable irrespective of religious affiliations.
The man of God called on the women to utilise the money in implementing their business ideas and plans with the view of changing their status positively in the interest of development.
“You are advised to use the funds to engage in meaningful ventures in order to better your standard of living and that of your family members.
“The distribution is geared to see that the beneficiaries turn their situation positively and contribute their quota to the development of the society,” he said.
He advised the beneficiaries and other Nigerians to live holy and exemplary lives in the interest of peace and national development.
The coordinator restated the continued commitment of the organisation to initate people’s oriented programmes that would have positive impact on the lives of Nigerians, especially vulnerable women and children.
On his part, Mr Pius Dung, the Programme Officer, IHVN, observed that the gesture was a deliberate effort to bring succour to vulnerable people, especially women and children in the rural areas.
He said that the gesture will help in reducing poverty rate thereby improving on the lives of the women.
Responding, Madam Deborah Baba, a beneficiary who spoke on behalf of others, thanked the organisation for the gesture and prayed God to reward them abundantly.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that communities in Nasarawa drawn for the cash transfer include Ara, Gunki, Kurudu, Laminga, Loko, Mararaba Udege, Marmara, Ogapa, Onda, Tammah, Udege kasa and Udege mbeki.
Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola