BIRNIN KEBBI – Hajiya Zainab Dakingari, wife of Gov. Usman Dakingari of Kebbi, on Friday empowered 3,450 women with tools to enhance their economic activities.
She said in Birnin-Kebbi that the gesture was part of her economic empowerment programme for women in the state.
According to her, the tools, including sewing machines, weaving and grinding machines and deep freezers, were distributed to widows and other less privileged women.
The governor’s wife said that the gesture would promote their economic activities and encourage self sustainability.
She advised the beneficiaries to desist from diverting the items so as to achieve the aim of eradicating poverty and generate employment to women through such initiatives.
Dakingari urged women to ensure that they collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to enable them to vote during the forthcoming elections.
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She said that the present administration had demonstrated justice and equity to women through implementation of the 35 per cent affirmative action.
According to her, there are 35 female councillors across the 21 local council areas of the state.
She said that women were appointed as commissioners, advisers and members of boards and parastatals, to ensure gender representation.
Hajiya Mairo Mohammed, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, described the gesture as timely.
She promised that they would make judicious use of the items. (NAN)