By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Wife of the Bauchi State Governor, Hajiya Mariam Bala Abdulkadir, has advised women to engage in rewarding productive ventures to enable them to stand on their own.
She gave the advice Sunday while commemorating this year’s International Women’s Day in Bauchi, saying the current economic realities occasioned by the devastating effects of COVID-19 necessitate women to lower their sights to spot ways where they can exploit to fend for themselves.
Hajiya Mariam Bala Mohammed described women as important pillars capable of engendering national economic growth and development by creating opportunities hitherto neglected in the past.
She explained that the present administration of Governor Bala Mohammed having realized the place of women in the society rolled out several empowerment schemes to support women with startup capitals from the meager resources at its disposal.
“The Government of His Excellency, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has supported women with various skills acquisition programmes in tailoring, sewing and production of ornamentals in his efforts to empower them to stand on their own”, Mariam said.
She stated, “At the end of the training, we empowered women with startup capitals to enable them make the best use of the training they received and give their quota to Governor Bala led administration’s task of remaking Bauchi State”.
Hajiya Mariam Mohammed explained that with the right attitude, mindset and determination, Bauchi women can succeed even where hopes peg low, saying “You can shine bright like the sun”.
The governor’s wife also advised women not to shy from taking up leadership roles because, as she puts it, today’s challenges facing the world need active women’s participation in politics and the economy.
International Women’s Day is being observed on the 8th of March since 1975, while the theme for this year’s event is ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.’