By Everest Samuel Ikechukwu
The Federal Capital Territory, Administration (FCTA) has pledged to give necessary support to the Federation of Muslim Women’s Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN), to help achieve its mandate of providing succour to the less privileged women and children in the country.
The FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Chinyeaka Ohaa made this pledge last week, in Abuja when a delegation of FOMWAN, led by its President Hajia Halima Jibrin paid the Administration a courtesy visit.
The Permanent Secretary, praised FOMWAN for starting the journey of building peace and empowering women and youths.
According to him, their initiatives will have positive impact on Nigerians, especially women and children.
Ohaa said: “I admire your thoughtfulness in evolving projects and programmes that would build the economic capacity of the beneficiaries.
“As wives, mothers and sisters you are in a better position to understand the plight of the vulnerable segments of our society.
“We will partner with you in any area you feel we can be of help to make sure you are able to realize your mandate.”
Earlier in her address, Hajia Halima Jibrin conveyed their appreciation to the Administration for giving them audience.
She explained that FOMWAN was established in 1985 as an umbrella organization for Muslim Women Associations in the country with the vision to empower women to be role models and to make positive impact on society.
Hajia Jibrin noted that FOMWAN, from a small beginning at her inauguration in Minna, Niger State, is now a household name in Nigeria with branches in all the 36 States and the FCT.
According to her, “The establishment of FOMWAN in Nigeria inspired other countries around the world like the UK, Sierra Leone and Ghana to set up similar organizations.
“The programme areas of FOMWAN include education, health, capacity building, advocacy, community development and humanitarian services, human rights, elections and good governance.
“State chapters have been involved in diverse projects and have over 200 hundred schools including nursery, primary, secondary and adult education, quranic, Arabic, vocational and the most recent in the family of schools being the school of nursing in Oyo State.
“The Association’s programmes also include agriculture, hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, orphanages, interphase, peace building, income generation projects.”
She further explains: “Major funding source is internally generated funds through membership dues, levies on states, sales of publications, donations and project grants from donor agencies.
“Dependence on internal funds has greatly limited the organizations ability to meet the growing demand on her services among the Muslim Ummah, particularly the women, youths and children.”