By Aisha Saad
16th November, 2015.
Her Excellency, Hajiya Maryam Umar Jibirilla is set to organise 3-Days Capacity Building Workshop on Acquiring Entrepreneurship for 2,260 widows drawn from the 21 Local Government Areas across the state.
All Heads of Service from 21 Local Government Areas in the state were at the Government House Presidential Lounge. They were given forms to be issued among widows in their respective Local Government Areas. The widows are expected to fill in the forms and attached a passport size photograph before submission.
She urged the Heads of Service to organise workshops that will sensitise women particularly widows on how to venture into business.
Hajiya Maryam Mohammad Umaru explained her sole aim of coming up with the Initiative, adding that involving women from grassroots particularly those affected by the insurgency happen to be her area of interest. She said many women lost their husbands in the process and are now widows and they are most vulnerable in the society.
She urged the women to utilise the money that will be given to them by engaging themselves in a business that will make them to be self-reliance.
Hon. Commissioner Ministry of Women Affairs, Social Development and Integration, Alhaji Aliyu Bello Tola in his remarks advised representatives of each Local Government Areas to make judicious distribution of the forms.
The Heads of Service Yola -South Local Government Area, Alhaji Chubado Hamidu, in his speech promised to ensure judicious distribution of the forms in his Area.
National President of Widows Association, Mrs. Hilda Makantu in her remarks confessed that she has stayed long in Widows Council but has never experienced this kind of gesture. Mrs. Makantu appreciated the efforts of her Excellency.
Lastly, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Women Affairs, Hajiya Maisaratu Bello who was in charge of the distribution process charged all the Heads of Service to ensure that the forms goes round.