The era of treating women as slaves is over. Sokoto State Governor’s wife Hajiya Mariya Tambuwal has asserted.
She stressed this at the disbursement of N4million grants to survivors of gender-based violence in the state.
Each of the 200 beneficiaries received N20,000. The gesture, she disclosed, was to empower them to establish a small-scale business venture and make them self-reliant.
While noting the plights of survivors, Hajiya Mariya expressed readiness to support them to live a normal and decent life.
She said increased sensitisation on the issue was helping the fight against gender-based violence and boosting understanding of the vital role women play in nation-building.
However, she observed that security challenges in Northwest Nigeria were adversely affecting many families with their breadwinners killed, leaving women at the receiving end.
The governor’s wife beseeched divine intervention for peace and tranquillity to prevail in the country. She advised the beneficiaries to ensure judicious use of the grant.
Fatima Muhammad Mode Sanyinna, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, expressed gratitude for the empowerment initiative. She said the grant would cushion the effect of the economic hardship on them.