The wife of Nigeria’s President, Mrs Aisha Buhari has purchased 20 Rice Mills and 25 Fish Driers through her Foundation for women farmers.
The move is part of efforts to realise her dream of women empowerment in Nigeria.
This intervention is in line with Mrs. Buhari’s belief that women need to be economically empowered to play their roles in socio-economic development, especially those that have no formal education and those that dropped out of school.
The rice mills come in two varieties, those with capacity to process 20 tons per day and those with 10 tons per day.
Seven states are to receive 10 mills with 10 ton capacity and 8 states will receive 10 of those with 20 ton capacity. While the 25 fish driers, with capacity for 20 units per hour will go to 13 states across the country.
The acquired equipment forms the first tranche of what will be distributed nationwide. They will be in custody of the wives of the Governors of the benefiting states and women are to access and use the equipment for free.
Reviving community learning
Acquisition of the equipment is part of Mrs Buhari’s larger strategy to revive community learning centres across the country, so that women, who had minimal or no formal education can benefit through a non-formal arrangement.
“I am confident that whenever women are given such an opportunity, they use it to grow themselves and their families, especially in terms of improving their livelihood. I call on you to justify this confidence by using the equipment to grow your businesses,” Mrs Buhari said.