By Abdulwaheed Olayinka Adubi, Kaduna
A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), under the auspices of Matron Angelina Ogbole Memorial Foundation, has distributed food items to no fewer than 90 widows of the fallen heroes of the Nigerian Army in Kaduna.
While distributing the food items to the beneficiaries in Jaji on Wednesday, the Chairman of the foundation, Mrs. Winniefred Ochinyabo averred that the gesture was aimed to cushion the heightened rise of poverty, and to also put smiles on the widows.
Speaking with newsmen, Mrs. Ochinyabo explained that the foundation drives on the basis of fulfilling its goals to ensure that the widows of the fallen heroes are not totally ignored, especially at a period of festivities that many of them may not be able to afford to put food on their tables.
“We are not saying that this is enough for them but, it would definitely go a long way to help them to put food on their tables at this festive period,” the Chairman of the foundation explained.
Mrs. Ochinyabo however, said that the distribution of the food items was also in the spirit of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration to the widows of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, new barracks and its environment.
According to her, the gesture was to enhance food nutrition and health standards of the said widows, adding that it is also an attempt to give hope and opportunity to the beneficiaries.
Mrs. Ochinyabo further explained that the foundation was named after her late mother, Matron Angelina Ogbole, who she said during her time lived a sacrificial and selfless life; touching the lives of the sick, poor and the need as a Chief Nursing Officer (CNO).
“Beyond what you see that we are given to them today, the foundation also provides for them wrappers. And we keep changing their undergarments and body towels too,” she said.
Receiving different staple food items, such as rice, chicken, salt, tomatoes amongst other items, one of the beneficiaries, Paulina Andrew, appreciated the gesture of the foundation for its humanitarian service to the widows.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Paulina Andrew said: “we really appreciate the foundation for the show of love to us, especially at this period of festivities.
Though, she said that the foundation has always been of help to the widows for a very long time, and being done irrespective of their status and religion.