“All widows need support but the same type of assistance cannot work for everyone because of age differences and circumstances around them,” Mrs Bolanle Ambode has said.

And this is what her intervention programme is based on as it empowered 103 widows to sustain their means of livelihood.

The Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), is an initiative of the wife of the Lagos State Governor.

She said that the overall objective of the programme is to ensure that widows are able to live happily and depend more on themselves after the death of their husbands.

The governor’s wife said beneficiaries are divided into three categories, one of them being those that require skill acquisition — relatively young widows.

She said that the other beneficiaries were those that required equipment support to stabilise their businesses and widows that required financial assistance to expand their businesses.

She said it is also the objective of the programme to properly educate and enlighten women on their matrimonial rights as recognised by law.