ABUJA- As part of measures to address problem of water shortage among rural women in some parts of the Territory, the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has assured rural women that the Administration will work closely with the Area Council to provide 10 boreholes in specific areas across the six Area Councils.
She also assured that, the FCT Administration in collaboration with the six Area Councils and other relevant stakeholders will built world standard silos in the six Area Councils, aimed at assisting rural women to preserve some of the grains.
Aliyu made this known during the ongoing tour of facilities in Gwagwalada Area Councils also emphasized that the installation of 10 boreholes will be replicated in all the Area Councils to ease the problem of water supply among rural women.
According to her, in a press statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by her Media Aid, Mr Austine Elemue,”Today happens to be International Rural Women’s Day. In commemorating this day, we are all here in Gwagwalada with our rural women.
Her words: “Part of the problems we identity in this tour of facilities is rural water supply. Also to ease some of these problems, we are here with the Director of Gender who is also working in conjunction with the chairmen of the Area Councils to identify intended spots so that we send people on visibility study to be able to sink in ten boreholes around Gwagwalada Area Council to ease water shortage.
“On this note, we hereby donate ten boreholes to be sunk immediately in this Gwagwalada Area Council. The boreholes is not only in Gwagwalada Area Council, but whatever we say will be replicated in the six Area Councils.
“As we celebrate with the rural women who are predominantly farmers, we are hoping that in the long run, we will see how we can be able to get at least world standard silos in the six Area Councils to help them preserve some of the grains they have”.
Aliyu used the occasion to harp on empowerment scheme by providing soft loan to rural women, revealing that monitoring committee will be set up to see how the loans will be utilized to the benefits of people around them.
She maintained that the FCT Administration will embark on advocacy for rural women to embrace the Home-Grown Feeding programme of the federal government, stating that the programme was designed to give succour to rural women.
Earlier, FCT Director of Gender, Dr. Agnes Hart, thanked the FCT Minister of State for the honour to celebrate with rural women, noting that the theme of this year International Day for the Rural Woman which centers on climatic resistance has to do much with rural women because they are the ones that use charcoal and firewood to cook.