Distributes N150m, food items
… Gov. Zulum to increase access to livelihood

Borno State’s First Lady, Dr Falmata Babagana Umara Zulum, marked International Women’s Day by distributing N150 million in cash and food items to 3,000 vulnerable women. The occasion serves as a global celebration of the achievements of women in various fields and also calls for action to promote gender equality. The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress,” focusing on gender equality and the well-being of women in all aspects of life.

Dr Falmata Zulum stated that she felt humbled and excited to empower 3,000 women from all 27 Local Government Areas of Borno State. Each beneficiary received N50,000 in cash, a 25kg bag of rice, a carton of macaroni, and a 5-litre gallon of cooking oil.

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum supported his wife’s efforts and pledged the government’s commitment to providing accessible livelihood sources for women in the state. He emphasized the importance of empowering women through vocational training and helping them become self-reliant, contributing to the economic development of Borno State. Governor Zulum assured the women that the government’s focus would not solely be on providing handouts, but on equipping them with skills to stand on their own.

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He acknowledged the hardships faced by women in the region due to the activities of terrorists, which resulted in the loss of their belongings and the deaths of their husbands. Governor Zulum expressed his belief that women should be given the opportunity to earn their own livelihoods.

Furthermore, Governor Zulum promised to prioritize girl child education, recognizing that education is crucial for meaningful development. He congratulated the women of Borno State on the occasion of International Women’s Day and assured them of continuous support from his administration.

Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, the Honorable Commissioner for the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, commended Governor Zulum and Mrs Zulum’s efforts in supporting women across the state. She explained that International Women’s Day is observed annually on March 8th to celebrate the achievements of women worldwide and advocate for their future development.

Dr Falmata Zulum’s empowerment initiative on International Women’s Day aimed to uplift vulnerable women in Borno State, providing them with financial assistance and essential food items. Governor Zulum reiterated his commitment to empowering women through vocational education and emphasized the significance of educating the girl child.

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The government’s efforts are directed towards enabling women to become self-reliant and participate in the economic growth of Borno State.