From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi
The wife of the Vice-President, Hajiya (Dr.) Amina Namadi Sambo has called on the NGOs, individuals, World Health Organisation (WHO) and other development partners to come up with a policies and programmes that would impact on the lives of the people, most especially on women and reduce poverty in the community.
She made this call at the weekend, while delivered her speech during the 5th graduation ceremony of 80 women on skills-acquisition and literacy trainees at the Alkali Hussaini Foundation, in Birnin Kebbi.
She added that it is the absence of such organisations which complement government’s efforts in literacy and economic empowerment of the populace in the past that has contributed in making the northern region to be so backward in education especially and consequently, illiteracy and poverty which has overwhelmed its people.
Dr. Amina, who was represented by the wife of the Kebbi state Deputy Governor, Hajiya Fatima K. Aliyu, commended the effort of the ECOWAS Commissioner Political Affairs, Peace and Security and also the former Minister of state for Foreign Affairs and Women Affairs, Hajiya Salamatu Kaoje for her initiative which has improved the lives of its people in the immediate community.
In her remarks, the founder of the Foundation, Hajiya Salamatu Hussain Suleiman thanked the wife of the vice-president for honoring her invitation, adding that the foundation, which was established four years ago with the aim of helping people out of despair, poverty eradication and propelling the society towards sustainable growth and development.
Speaking earlier, the coordinator of the Foundation Hajiya Aisha Ahmed Hussaini said that so far, over 500 women have been trained in different skills such as knitting, tailoring etc., adding that 110 youths benefited from adult education and 15 students were given forms, with16 orphans sent to schools.
She added that 2 girls were also sent to Abuja to learn computer skills, while 4 of them were also trained on POP, saying all of them have graduated and were self-employed.
She also stated that the Foundation has constructed 4 bedroom staff quarters for primary schools teachers as well as learning materials at Madadi primary school in Gwandu emirate.