By Luka Daniel (Bauchi),
About 165,000 women have benefited from a microcredit facility assistance made available by a Non-Governmental Organization, Development Exchange Center (DEC), in some parts of Nigeria last year.
Mrs Titi Yakubu, who is the Executive Director of the NGO made this known yesterday in a press statement circulated to journalists in Bauchi.
According to Mrs. Titi, “Aside from the microcredit, the organization has also intervened through social service activities in 243 communities across the country”.
“DEC, was established in 1985 with the set objective of empowering the women folk and assisting them in the areas of economy, health care and education so that they could accomplish their optimum potentials like their male counterparts”, The Executive Director stated.
She recalled that, great women like, late Queen Amina of Zazzau Emirate, Fumilayo Ransome Kuti and Mary Mitchell remain role models and source of inspiration to all women in Nigeria in view of their sacrifices towards the course of the womenfolk.
“Queen Amina was known as a fierce warrior, who fought strongly to ensure equality; Kuti advocated women's rights to vote in 1947, while Slessor was famous for struggling to ensure that the killing of twins was abolished in the country in the ancient time”. She stated.
While congratulating all Nigerian women on the occasion of the world International Women Day, which was marked last week, Mrs. Titi, reminded the world that, the day was set aside to raise awareness of all stakeholders on the need to address all forms of violence against womenfolk.
Adding that, “The NGO is pressing forward and expanding its reach beyond the 20 states it occupies and is reaching to more women within the areas of health, governance, girl child education and livelihood skills to women. And today it is calling on all friends, DEC staff, partners, clients and beneficiaries to support this global revolution by pressing forward for progress of these objectives”. She appealed.