Islamic Women Group monitors intervention fund

Qasim Akinreti & Victoria Iwara, Lagos

Federation of Muslim Women’s Association in Nigeria, FOMWAN is to monitor and coordinate the distribution of government’s social interventions trust fund meant to alleviate poverty in the country.

The National leader of FOMWAN, Hajia Amina Omoti told Voice of Nigeria in Lagos, that the coordination and monitoring would ensure that every women group in Nigeria benefited from the economic palliative as announced in the 2016 budget.

According to the Nigerian Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the social intervention fund will be distributed to categories of Nigerians in the informal sector of the economy to boost economic activities.

Meanwhile, the Islamic group said it had provided humanitarian services, psycho social support and education to women and children affected by the insurgency in the Northeast of the country.

It called for the full rehabilitation of the released Chibok girls in terms of quality education and other social benefits, as efforts are geared towards the release of the remaining girls in captivity.

Child Abuse
Counselling and advocacy are being conducted by the women Islamic group to address the incessant cases of sexual abuse across Nigeria. This comes as security agents have been accused of sexually abusing female refugees in Internally Displaced Persons camps in the North-eastern part of the country.

A Nigerian High Court Judge and former legal adviser of FOMWAN, Justice Musa urged parents to protect their children from sexual abuse and report perpetrators of such acts to the law enforcement agents.

 Annual Conference
The Islamic women group will hold its 31st annual conference in lagos  with the theme: ‘Development for Peace and security.’

According to the leader of the women Islamic Group, “the theme is chosen to underscore the pockets of agitations in the Southern parts of Nigeria and the need for dialogue for a lasting peace in the region.”

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