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The Federal Capital Territory, Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has paid glowing tributes to women for their role towards the realization of the Nigeria’s dream for a new capital.  The Minister made this declaration on Thursday, March 8, while delivering his goodwill message to women of the FCT on the occasion of the International Women’s Day celebration.

The FCT Minister while acknowledging the pivotal role that women have played in the realisation of the Abuja project, noted that Abuja could not have been what it is today without the contributions of women, which he noted span all aspects including engineering, law, administration and social services among others.

He said, “Indeed, long before the idea of a Federal Capital Territory was conceived, it was a woman named Dr. Ladi Kwali that took Abuja to global reckoning. The hard work, industry and skill of the Abuja woman in pottery, mat-making, agriculture and indeed the family are all too well known,”

"When the clarion call for change in this country was sounded, you were not found wanting. For this reason, the President Buhari’s administration is working assiduously towards giving women a pride of place in all fields of human endeavour and national development," he said   

As part of efforts to bridge the gender divide and empower women to be self-reliant and employable, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration, the Minister disclosed will rehabilitate and upgrade the Ushaffa Pottery Centre to a centre for skill acquisition and empowerment for women to gift them with entrepreneurship development skills.

Bello while reeling out other developmental initiatives that are targeted at the women in the FCT, said the FCT Administration is committing a total of N96.7 Million to a UNESCO YouthMobile ICT and Mobile Application training project that is designed to inculcate in women and youths employable skills that will make them competitive in the contemporary job market. He said over 1,000 participants drawn from women and youths in the six Area Councils of the FCT are benefitting from this training programme that is.

The Minister further stated that the FCTA’s One-Village-One-Product (OVOP) scheme is specifically targeting rural women in order to improve their place in the agricultural value-chain and expose them to national and international export market. 

“To this end we have pilot enterprise development and empowerment projects such as a Shear-butter Processing Centres in Nuku and Rimba communities in Abaji Area Council as well as a Cassava Processing Centre in Chikuku, Kwali Area Council,” he said.

Malam Bello added that the administration is working to upgrade all institutional frameworks designed to empower and create jobs for women, as well as eliminate all hindrances to their full participation in the economic and political frontiers of the society.

Cosmas Uzodinma
Chief Press Secretary.   

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