June 23, 2024

Anambra speaker advocates law to guarantee widows’ protection

Anambra speaker advocates law to guarantee widows’ protection

Anambra State House of Assembly complex

By Vincent Ujumadu

THE Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Somtochukwu Udeze, has advocated the enactment of laws that would guarantee full protection, well-being and rights of widows.

In a goodwill message to mark the International Widows’ Day, the Speaker said there is need to develop resources and policies to empower widows and allow them to have unhindered coexistence.


According to him, the various legislative houses in the country should prioritize the plight of the widows, lamenting that most of them are being dehumanized.

He commended the United Nations for dedicating a day to the widows which, he noted, enhances awareness of their challenges.

Udeze also showered praises on the wife of the governor of Anambra State, Mrs. Nonye Soludo for ensuring that issues concerning women, especially widows, are given priority attention through the provision of a better life for them.

He observed that if enacted by the state legislature, the law would prohibit widowhood malpractices and urged  traditional rulers in the state to abrogate all obnoxious and harmful laws against widows in their various domains.

While calling on affluent Nigerians to contribute towards the upliftment of the condition of widows in their areas, he also charged widows to comport themselves at all times and look up to God, who is the ultimate protector of the downtrodden.