Two hundred widows and petty traders in Bida, Niger State have received financial support.
The support which is at the instance of the local government chairman, Alhaji Suleiman Sheshi, is aimed at improving their standard of living.
The beneficiaries were selected from the pool of those who are vulnerable inline with the aim of the initiative which is to assist the poor.
The Chairman of the Council, Alhaji Suleiman Sheshi explained that the intervention, which is his personal effort, is expected to go a long way to cushion the effect of the current economic hardship on the beneficiaries.
He advocated a culture where wealthy people would constantly render assistance to the poor and vulnerable in the society to reduce the scourge of poverty.
Alongside the support is the distribution of another set of palliative from the state government to the people.
The Director General, women and economic empowerment in the state government, Hajiya Saratu Larai Faruk explained that the beneficiaries were carefully selected based on their challenges.
She said an effective monitoring mechanism has been put in place to ensure judicious use of the support.
Commending the chairman for the initiative, the representative of Etsu Nupe Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, the Mayaki Nupe Alhaji Yahaya Aliyu Mayaki, noted that more is needed to be done in that regard.
In a message to the event, Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello maintained that government is aware of the hardship faced by the people, hence the need to provide the palliative.
Some of the beneficiaries expressed gratitude to the donors and promised to use the funds as expected.