By Stanley Onyekwere
Any society that engages women in the process of policy and decision making grows faster than those that relegate women to the background, according to Minister of state for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu.
According to her, women’s contributions to nation building is second to none, due their are commitment to discharging responsibilities with passion and dedication.
Aliyu made this declaration when the women in the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) Kaduna zone conferred on her “Woman of Value 2021” award, as part of activities to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day.
The Minister, who expressed delight over the recognition, however, noted that women are beginning to attain greater heights in various sectors of the economy including the oil and gas sector.
“Women are beginning to attain great height in various sectors including the oil and gas sector. This gives me a great joy. When women are committed to doing something, they do it with all passion and dedication, even the meagre resources could be managed with all prudence and, there is no impossibility with a woman in her strive to achieve something.
“That is why the contributions of women in nation building is second to none. Any society that engages women in the process of policy and decision making grow faster than the society that refuses to engage women”, she stressed.
Earlier, Hasiya Audu Hassan, Chairperson, Women in PENGASSAN, Kaduna zone, comprising the 19 northern states and FCT, commended the FCT Minister of State for embarking on meaningful projects aimed at boosting the standard of living of rural communities.
Hassan noted that they are aware of a lot of meaningful projects the Minister has embarked upon and most of the projects are to boost the standard of living at the grassroots.
According to her: “For instance, the renovation of the dam in Gwagwalada, rehabilitation of healthcare centre in Kado, launching of the FCT Health Insurance Scheme in Kwali, improving healthcare in rural communities amongst others.
“Most of the people who visit these healthcare centres are women and children. It is positively affecting women and children in the FCT and anything that affects women and children is what women in PENGASSAN stand for.”