Rural women gain skills acquisition

By Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

A Non-Governmental Organisation “Better Life Program for the Africa Rural Women”BLFRW, in Collaboration with the Nigeria National Adult Literacy Agency has graduated 62 rural women trained in different skills in Tungan Ashere community, a suburb in Abuja.

The chairperson of the organisation, Ms Aisha Babagida said the program seeks to empower women in Nigeria and assist in addressing other issues confronting the women in the society.

Ms Babagida stressed that the program also intends to increase awareness on innovative solutions to support rural community women in attaining self-dependence and meet with the global rural development process.

She mentioned that the program is not only aims at promoting literacy to the rural women in the community but to also improve the life of the women in the community who are basically farmers.

The best way to empower women is to educate them and I want assure you that we will do more to better the lives of the rural women in this country,” Ms Babagida said.

The representative of the Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory at the occasion and Senator representing the FCT, Senator Philip Aduda commended the efforts of the organisation and assured them of his support in alleviating some of the plight of the rural women.

He also assured the community that very soon they will enjoy portable water and more government presence in the area.

Also, representative of the Nigeria National Literacy Agency, Monday Adams described the Bitter Life Programme as one of the agency’s partner aimed at eradicating illiteracy in the country.

The graduates expressed their appreciation to the organizers and promised to make judicious use of the knowledge to better their lives.

The community which has less than five hundred population has not enjoyed basic social amenities over the years until the intervention the organization.

‘A legacy’
The organisation was founded by the wife of the late Nigeria’s military head of state, Maryam Babagida in 1986, aimed at addressing issues confronting women worldwide as stated by a United Nations decree.

Since the death of the late Maryam Babagida, her daughter Ms Aisha Babagida, became the chairperson of the NGO, championing the course to better the lives of Nigerian women and the world at large.

The organisation embarks on programmes that mostly benefits women such as Co-operatives, cottage industries, women centres and social welfare programmes.