An Abuja Based NGO, Helpline Foundation for the Needy, has urged governors’ wives to identity and intervene in the immediate needs of their people for empowerment to reduce poverty in the country.
President and Founder of the foundation, Dr Jumai Ahmadu, made the call in a statement, on Monday in Abuja.
Ahmadu was reacting to criticisms of the empowerment programme of the first lady of Bauchi State, Mrs Aisha Mohammed, describing the attack as a “subterfuge or misrepresentation of true nature of events, and uncharitable”.
She admonished governors’ wives to accord priority to empowerment programmes, disregard critics and remain focused in providing dividends of democracy to citizens.
She noted that one of the basic principles of empowerment was “ nothing is too small to give.
“What is important is the ability of the receivers to justify the little he or she has received,” Ahmadu said.
“My NGO has carried out empowerment schemes for over 14 years and I can speak from experience that not how much you give that makes the difference.
“I can tell you from the point of authority that you can empower certain people with N300, 000 and at the end of the day there is nothing to show for it.
“On the other hand, you can empower others with just a small business of N10,000, and come up more successful than those with huge capital.
“Therefore, in an empowerment programme, nothing is too small to start with,” she said.
Ahmadu said that contrary to the reports that the first Lady of Bauchi only distributed pure water bags as empowerment tools to women through her foundation, Al-Muhibbah, Mrs Mohammed had provided that as a start-up material for rural women, who expressed interest in starting a business of their own.
“We came to the realisation that many of the women expressed interest in starting up a pure water retail business, while some preferred flour grinding business.
“Flour grinding machines were distributed following a training session on how to operate the machines.
“Bags of water were distributed to the women as requested by them. Some others were trained on other skills and cash was given to them,” she said.
Edited By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)