Bala promises to empower 1,000 women under FCTA SURE-P

Senator-Bala-Mohammed, FCTA minister05 December  2013, Abuja – The FCT Minister, Sen. Bala Mohammed on Thursday in Abuja, said plans had been concluded to empower 1,000 women under FCT Administration SURE-P programme.

Mohammed said this during the Peace Initiative and Conferment of 2013 Pillar of Achievements award.

The award ceremony has as its theme: “The imperative of peaceful co-existence in Nigeria’’.

It was organised by the National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS).

He said that the empowerment of women would definitely bring development to FCT and the country at large.

He noted that women were tools for change that could bring peace advocacy to the country and its leadership.

“Women are trustworthy, hardworking and reliable when given any opportunity to hold any office; they are peace advocators that must be given more chances in government,’’ he said.

The minister promised that the original Gbagi indigenes would not be neglected as the Land Swap programme initiated by his administration had come to stay.

“The rights, resettlement and compensation of the original Gbagi Indigenes will be given to them; and they will be well protected,” he said.

The minister, who was honored with pillar of achievement award by the NCWS, said that his administration would continue to promote peace and development in the FCT.

The Wife of the FCT Minister, Hajia Aisha Mohammed, said that women were agents of peace and should not be neglected in the society.

Mohammed urged women to nurture their children with the fear of God, adding that the future of the country was in their hands.

The President, the National Council of Women’s Societies, FCT Council, Mrs Nancy Bulus said that the minister was honoured for giving women their rightful place in the FCT.

She reminded the minister of its request for the building of NCWS, FCT Secretariat Complex and the 15 hectares of land for the building of NCWS Housing Scheme.

NAN reports that out of the 12 awards given by the society, seven were awarded to women, including the FCT Minister of State, Ms Olajumoke Akinjide.

Hajia Jamilah Tangaza, Executive Director of AGIS and Late Chief Jumai Aduda were among the recipients.


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