Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha has charged Northern women to go back to school and acquire western education to better their lot in compliance with growing global trends.
She gave the charge at the closing ceremony of a 1,000 graduates of skills acquisition programme funded by her pet project, the Future Assured, a non-governmental outfit, at the Multipurpose Indoor Sports Hall in Bauchi.
She said: “any woman that is not educated will lose a lot of opportunities in the modern world. If you cannot read, many opportunities will pass you by”.
Citing herself as an example, Mrs Buhari who was accompanied by wives of Adamawa and Nasarawa states’ governors and top government officials, announced that before marrying President Buhari, she had her secondary school education and went to the university after marriage, not knowing that she would be the wife of Nigeria’s President one day.
“I urge you women to go back to school,” Aisha stated.
She said N500,000 billion had been set aside by the federal government to support women and youth and her NGO was working to ensure they are empowered in areas of education, health and skill acquisition.
She appealed to corporate organizations, politicians, community and traditional leaders to support the graduates so that they could stand on their own.
Wife of Bauchi State State Governor, Hajiya Hadiza Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, founder of Bauchi Sustainable Women Economic Initiative and Peace (B- SWEEP), thanked the wife of the President for the support given to over 1,000 women and youth selected and trained from the 20 local governments of Bauchi state to better their lives.
Acknowledging the support the President’s wife has given to women and youth in the state, Hadiza Abubakar said during Hajiya Buhari’s last visit to Bauchi, she brought food items for the people, which “we shared to all the women in the 20 local government areas”.
She assured Hajiya Buhari of her continuous support of not only women and youth but also the entire people of the state for President Buhari, saying “as you know, Bauchi is one of those states President Buhari has much support”.
Commenting on the training, chairman, Bauchi State Commission for Youth and Women Rehabilitation And Development (BACYWORD),Ahmed Farouk said that “the 1,000 trainees were carefully selected for skills acquisition programme sponsored by FUTURE ASSURED”.
“And the commission has received the approval of Governor Mohammed Abubakar to source and rehabilitate about 1,000 women and youth involved drug abuse and other related behaviours at the Citizens and Leadership Training Centre, Shere Hill, Plateau State”.
According to him, 500 of them on completion of their rehabilitation will be engaged in training on the repairs of smart phones and other sophisticated electronic gadgets, while the other 500 would receive specialized training in the design and creation of software application.
Already,2000 youth have been fully recruited to provide security and social services by ensuring orderliness in public places and government facilities in all ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) and in the 20 local government areas in the state. Each of them is being paid monthly salary of between N15,000 and N18,000
The 1000 beneficiaries of the Future Assured funded skills acquisition programme were given certificates and undisclosed contents of envelopes to begin their trades.
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