By Jimitota Onoyume

PORT HARCOURT— RIVERS State Government has appealed for stakeholders’ support for widows and vulnerable children in the country.

Making the appeal, yesterday, in Port Harcourt at a programme organised by the state Ministry of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation,  in collaboration with Widows and Orphans  Empowerment Organisation, WEWE, on dissemination of the orphans and vulnerable children baseline survey findings, Mr Kurubor Michael, said the state government was impressed with efforts to give lifelines to vulnerable children and widows to find their feet.

Speaking for the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation, he urged stakeholders not to leave the burden entirely to governments, adding that they too should support the process.

Executive Director  and Co-Founder of WEWE and Chief of Party LOPIN 2, project, Josephine Ogazi, said  one of the major findings of the baseline survey was that orphans and vulnerable children in the state need support services in  education, shelter, food and nutrition, pleading with ministries to prioritize budgetary plans to accommodate the needs of the needy.

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