Some women in Hadejia town of Jigawa have commended the state government for the introduction of gender sensitive programmes to empower mothers.

A cross section of the women told journalists, on Monday that the programmes had improved the social and economic well-being of womenfolk in the state.

Hajiya Hadiza Ibrahim, a women activist, said that the programmes had reduced disparities and empowered mothers.

Ibrahim said that the appointment of women into various positions had encouraged them to contribute positively to the development of the state.

“The government accorded priority to gender equality especially in the aspect of governance.

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“Thousands of women and youths benefitted from the state government’s economic empowerment programmes,” she said.

Ibrahim noted that the scheme had reduced poverty and enhanced wealth creation among rural women.

Mrs Halima Musa, an eatery operator, said that the skills acquisition programmes assisted them to learn trades and become self-reliant.

Musa lauded the distribution of goats and cooking stoves to women at the grassroots.

Also commenting, Mrs Maimuna Gambo, lauded the safe motherhood initiative, which was designed to control maternal mortality in the state.

Gambo said the programme had enhanced antenatal care and reproductive health services in rural communities.

Newsmen report that the government had rehabilitated clinics and distributed ambulances to enhance referral of expectant mothers to clinics under its safe motherhood scheme.

It also established rural health committees in the 27 local government councils, to create awareness on pregnancy and safe motherhood.

More than 20, 000 goats were also distributed to women under the Goats Breeding programme within the past two years.

Similarly, thousands of improved cooking stoves were distributed to households and eatery operators as part of effort to discourage use of fuel wood.

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