By Laide AKINBOADE,Abuja
Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Salamatu Suleiman, has disclosed that the Federal Government, on behalf of women, will immortalize MrsÂ Maryam Babangida.
Suleiman, yesterday in a press statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Saghir el Mohammed, said in view of her contribution to the socio-economic and political development of women in Nigeria andÂ Africa, â€œWe are going to put our heads together and come up with ways to immortalize her and I can assure you that we will not disappoint this nation in that regard.â€
The former First Lady, through her pet project, Better Life Programme for the Rural Woman, helped to add value to the quality of life of the rural women, while also improving their status, she added.
She noted, â€œThrough this project, she encouraged the formation of many women cooperatives, establishment of Cottage Industries, Women Development Centres and Social Welfare Programmes targeted at women development across the States of the Federation, including the grassroots where the bulk of women reside,â€ she noted.
â€œEvidently, these Commissions later metamorphosed into the present Ministries of Women Affairs at both the Federal and State levels.
â€œThis is in addition to her enormous contributions towards the establishment of the National Centre for Women Development, which now stands as an International Monument for the advancement of women not only in Nigeria but in the African Continent .â€Suleiman said.
She stressed that Nigerian women will always be grateful to her, sayingÂ Â â€œthe Nigerian Women will ever remain grateful to this extra-ordinary mobilizer and champion of the rural women; a woman who has set the pace for women empowerment in Nigeria and Africa; a woman of unquantifiable substance; a champion of the Home Front who brought to the fore, the multi-faceted roles of women in development and why their contributions should form part of National economic indices.â€