Ten Widows from each of the thirty-one Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom State are to be sponsored on pilgrimage to the Nation of Israel.
The State Governor Mr. Udom Emmanuel announced this during a Solidarity Rally by Akwa Ibom Women at the Governors Lodge, Government House, Uyo.
He said that the next phase of Small and Medium Scale loan in which the Women are beneficiaries has been increased by sixty five percent to enable the women access more funds for bigger businesses.
He also announced plans to launch a Cocoa Plantation Scheme and urged the women to take advantage of the programme to engage in agricultural production assuring that government would supply the seedlings at subsidized rate to the farmers.
Governor Emmanuel thanked the Women for their support and overwhelming solidarity pledging to ensure that they enjoy democratic dividend and prayed God to bless them and their families.
Earlier, the Wife of the Governor, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel, expressed delight at the turn out of the women for the solidarity march, saying she would work with them to better the lot of women, children and the society at large.
Setting the tone, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Dr Glory Edet, said the women came out in their numbers to celebrate the Supreme Court verdict and expressed appreciation for the Governor’s gesture to sponsor the women to the Nation of Israel and vision to transform Akwa Ibom to an enviable destination.