Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has urged women to engage in income generating activities, so that they can live better, more productive and fruitful lives.
She was speaking during the graduation of 1000 women who received skills training from her Future Assured programme, and flag-off of second batch of 1200 women, at Coronation Hall, Government House, Kano on Saturday, 6th May 2016. Mrs. Buhari revealed that the turn-out of this training is indicative of the interest of women to get involved in income generating activities,while the passion they exhibited during the training programme justifies its success rate. “The only way that we can make a breakthrough in this area is when privileged Nigerians come out to support the cause of women empowerment.”Said Mrs. Buhari.“I wish to call on leaders, both political and corporate, to assist these graduating women with startup funds, so that they can engage in income generating activities. Specifically, I am making compassionate appeal to the distinguished Senators and honourable members of House of Representatives from Kano state to consider providing small capital to these women.
” She added.She congratulated the second batch of women selected for this training and urged them to take advantage of this opportunity, while reaffirming her commitment that through the *Future Assured* programme, she will continue to champion the cause of women in the area of education, health and empowerment, particularly those in disadvantaged position.Mrs. Buhari promised to train another 2000 in the next three months. Wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, who was present at the occasion thanked Mrs. Buhari for this humanitarian gesture and called on the beneficiaries to multiply the benefits of what they have learnt. Wife of the Governor of Kano state, Dr. Hafsat Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, said her happiness knew no bounds because the training of 2200 women will translate to more economic activities for the women of Kano.
She said knowing the commitment of Mrs. Buhari, she had to ensure that the training was a complete success. Highlight of the event was the exhibition held to showcase the products of the beneficiaries to the Wife of the President and members of her entourage. Among those that attended the function are many associates of Mrs. Buhari and wives of the governors of Zamfara, Kogi, Sokoto and Jigawa states. In a related development, Wife of the President made a symbolic distribution of mama kits to expectant mothers with a view to promoting safe motherhood, and school bags for secondary school girls to support girl-child education in Kano state.
The mama kits numbering 4000 and the school bags 3000 are to be distributed by Dr. Hafsat Ganduje at a later date.