The lawmaker representing Ede North/Ede South/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Bamidele Salam has called for increased support for Widows and other such vulnerable people in our society.
In a release made available to newsmen by his Media office, Hon. Salam stated that “as a society, we are supposed to be protective of such vulnerable people as widows. The loss of a spouse brings pain that may financially, socially and psychologically affect a person, thereby making them unable to live normal lives.”
“In supporting this class of the society however, we need to first passionately review our sociocultural practices that threaten their peace. Families of deceased partners must be encouraged to treat the widows with dignity and desist from the malicious ways they often get treated and blamed for the death of the partners.”
“We also must encourage government at all levels to make laws and policies that will deliver social security to every class of the vulnerable, including widows. This must include welfare packages and laws against social stigma as they often face”, he stated.
While calling all members of the public to individually support widows, Salam stated that “as individuals, we must also not forget that our society is as strong as her weakest links. We must therefore rise up to support widows by providing material, psychological, financial and spiritual support to them so that they can weather the storms that often come with widowhood.”
Stating his resolve to support this section of the society, the lawmaker said he will continue to work within his available resources and with relevant stakeholders, to empower widows and other vulnerable people and help reintegrate them into the society.