Group seeks rise in budgetary allocation to women empowerment programmes in Bauchi

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Some of the women at the event.

 By Ahmed Ahmed

Coalition of Women Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)  in Bauchi has appealed to relevant ministries and stakeholders for  increase in budgetary allocation for women empowerment programmes in the state.

The Executive Director, RHISA, leader of the team, Hajiya Hafsat Mahmood, made the call during an advocacy visit to the State Assembly and relevant ministries and agencies on Thursday in Bauchi.

Mahmood said that they were in the assembly to seek the lawmakers’ support to increase budgetary allocations and releases for women economic empowerment programmes.

“We visited relevant ministries to solicit for their support on the increased budget and release of funds for women empowerment programmes in the state.

“The Coalition visited the Ministry of Agriculture, Finance, Local Government, Budget and Economic Planning where we solicited for their support for women empowerment programmes in the state.

“This is by ensuring that there is an increase in budgetary allocations and releases of funds for women Economic Empowerment Programmes,” she said.

Responding, Mr Abubakar Suleiman, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, reiterated their commitment to support women by ensuring increase in budgetary allocation and timely releases of funds as a strategic approach to alleviate their plights.

He said that women formed a major component of the population that had contributed immensely to the development of the state,

He added that already, the administration of Bala Mohammed had inaugurated empowerment programmes in the 20 local government areas of the state, where majority of the beneficiaries were women.

According to him, the Advocacy visit by the coalition of Civil Society Organisations was timely, as the Assembly was preparing the 2022 budget.

“At the State House of Assembly, we have the constitutional right to make increases in the budget.

“But you have to ensure that women empowerment is properly captured in the submission that will be made by the Ministry of Poverty Alleviation and Economic Empowerment.

“This is important so that we can make the increases in allocation and ensure timely releases of funds,” he said.

Mr Abdulrazak Zaki, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, and Alhaji Yakubu Abdullahi, the permanent secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, expressed their support on the increase in budget and release of funds for women empowerment programmes in the state.

Our correspondent gathered that the coalition includes the Federation of Muslim Women’s Association (FOMWAN), Reproductive, Health Initiative and Support Association (RHISA) Fahimta Women Association, Women Farmers Association among others.

 

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