The ongoing Ramadan fasting exercise among the Muslim in Nigeria, the first lady of Borno state government and President of Support for Widows, Orphans and Tsangaya (SWOT) Foundation, Mrs. Hajiya Nana Kashim Shettima has distributed 200 bags of rice and sugar to not less than two hundred widows, orphans and Internal Displace Persons (IDPs) in Borno state, a state ravaged by the terrorist group Boko Haram who has rendered many people homeless, orphans and widow due to the terror unleashed by the terrorist Boko Haram group in the state.
It was further disclosed that the SWOT foundation gave N5,000 to all the beneficiaries as transport fare back to their respective destinations.
The first lady to the Governor of Borno State, Mrs. Shettima disclosed this on Saturday at the government house in the state capital Maduguri, Borno State that widows and orphans were called upon from state capital metropolitan and Jere Council LGA.
The first lady said catering for the widows and orphans is a collective responsibility, as such she found it necessary to support them through her pet project, SWOT.
Mrs. Shettima commended the authorities of El-Kanemi Islamic College of Theology for partnering with SWOT foundation in sponsoring orphans educationally.
That the pet project Support for Widows, Orphans and Tsangaya (SWOT) foundation is ready to continue partner with individuals, groups and organization for the sake of humanity.
Support for Widows, Orphans and Tsangaya (SWOT) a foundation set up to cater for vulnerable persons in the society.
The Chairman SWOT Foundation, Alhaji Mohammed Bello, while addressing participants stated that the gesture is a continuous process, as the foundation recently distributed food and relief items for Islamic scholars, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and host communities across the state.
Alhaji Mohammed Bello applauded the first lady of the Borno State, Mrs. Shettima for her support and concern on the plights of vulnerable people in the state, and the governor for acquiring Central Bank of Nigeria Staff quarters in Maiduguri and dedicated it to orphans and widows as a training school to make them acquire skills and become self- reliant.
The Chairman further urges the widows and orphans in the state to participate fully in the opportunity offer by learning skills initiated by the State Government in order to empower them and their families economically and socially in the society.
The Deputy Governor of Borno State, Usman Durkwa, who was represented by State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Kaka Shehu Lawan Esq., applauded the fist lady of the state, Mrs. Shettima for her consistent support by complimenting the state government in empowering, creatively engaging and supporting widows, orphans and Internal Displays Persons (IDPs) in the state.
The beneficiaries of the programme appreciated the Borno State government, the State Governor, the first lady, Mrs. Shettima and SWOT foundation for the good initiative and support rendered to them.
The first lady to Governor Shettima of Borno State, Mrs. Hajiya Nana Kashim Shettima concluded by pleading with Muslims, more especially the well-to-do members of the society to support and be kind to widows, orphans and Internally Displace Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria because majority of the orphans, widows and IDPs are victims of the terror attacked by the deadly vicious Boko Haram terrorist group mayhem in the country particularly in Borno State.