Today in Borno State 1,000 women, who have been displaced by insurgents, were each provided N20,000 by the Victims Support Funds (VFS).
Speaking in Maiduguri today, Tijani Tumsha, the Vice Chairman of VSF, explained that the women were selected by the leaders of ten Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps. Mr. Tumsah stressed that the amount of N20,000 could allow the women to change their lives and the lives of their children.
Professor Sunday Ochoche, the Executive Director of VSF, announced that the organization hoped to empower 10,000 women next year in the States most ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency.
Professor Ochoche also expressed his hope that the current recipients of the funds use the money to start small scale enterprises in the IDP camps.
Mrs. Nkechi Mba, the President of the National Council Women’s Societies Nigeria (NCWSN), praised the VSF’s efforts “I am very impressed today, I know it will go a long way, because if you empower a woman you have empowered a nation.”
The Deputy Governor of Borno State, Usman Mamman Durkwa, personally thanked the VSF for their help, and urged the beneficiaries to utilize the money in the manner it was provided.