The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen over the weekend gave her word that the Federal Government of Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari will give full support to any genuine organization that is aiding development of women in capacity building.
Mrs Tallen gave this assurance when she attended the special dinner and official launch of Arise Women Farmers Foundation at the Transcorp hilton, Abuja, organized by Dr Siju Iluyomade’s Arise Women initiative, a faith-based Non-governmental organization. Held on Friday, 29th November 2019, the event which witnessed the attendance of wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari ably represented by former first lady of Zamfara, Hajia Asmau Abdul-Azeez Yari was also to commemorate the 11th year anniversary of the NGO.
Speaking at the occasion, Mrs Tallen who expressed joy over the compassion displayed by Mrs Iluyomade and her Arise Women team in giving support to rural women in particular through thr farming initiative said ”no woman should go to bed hungry, when you empower a woman, you have empowered the whole family, I have great trust in women, all the loans given to women have been paid back, women are better managers.
I have met the people in charge of fertilizers and they have assured me of support to my Ministry, we will make it available together with loans for farmers in the foundation because I have followed the tremendous empowerment and support Arise has given women both in Lagos and Abuja in the last 11years with over 10,000 lives touched,” she said.
In her own contribution, Hajia Yari said the wife of the President is thrilled by the enormous spirit put into this course by Arise Women. ”She has often said her passion to always put any issue that concern women in front burner is undaunted, and she said she is proud to be part of this great NGO championed by Dr Iluyomade to uplift women especially from the grass root level.”
The Convener, Dr Iluyomade while appreciating the wife of the President, Mrs Tallen and other dignitaries for honoring their invitation said ” my passion is for every women no matter their status or position to come out of their shell and bloom because every woman possesses special quality that needs to be identified and tapped into.”
Meanwhile, the event which also witnessed Wife of Niger State Governor, Mrs Amina Bello represented by Hajia Zainab Bima was part of three-day Arise Women Empowerment programme in Abuja which saw the NGO Commissioning projects including Skills Acquisition Academy, Boreholes and distribution of over 5,000 different items for the residents of Dafara and Kabusa in its adopt-a-village scheme.