By Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi
As part of efforts to encourage women farmers, the wife of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Mrs Gimbiya Yakubu Dogara, Monday flagged off the distribution of rice seeds to 3,500 women farmers and maize seeds to 3,500 youths donated by her pet project ‘Sun of Hope Foundation’ in Bogoro, Tafawa Balewa and Dass Local Governments of Bauchi State where the speaker represents.
Speaking while launching the distribution of the seeds at Tafawa Balewa Local Government, Mrs Dogara represented by the Coordinator of the foundation, Mrs Darambi Kefas, explained that the organisation had last year supported 3,500 women farmers in the constituency to cultivate rice which became scarce for some time, adding that 3,500 youths were included in this year to cultivate maize with a view to eradicating hunger in the society.
She noted that new beneficiaries are being selected yearly from all wards in the three local government in order to carry all constituents along.
Mrs Dogara, who stated that the Foundation intervenes in the areas of agriculture, health, education and children’s welfare, added that it recently donated medical equipment and consumables to Virginal Vestibular Fistula (VVF) centres in Ningi, Bauchi State, Akwa Ibom and Hajiya Gambo Sawaba VVF centre, Zaria.
According to her, “The Foundation had in the recent time sponsored free ante natals to pregnant women in Dass Local Government and offers free medical outreach at the annual ‘Limzaar’ festival in Tafawa Balewa Local Government.”
Responding on behalf of other beneficiaries, Esther Bitrus expressed appreciation to the Speaker’s wife for the gesture, promising that they would make good use of the seeds.
THISDAYchecks revealed that Mrs Dogara also donated two bags of rice, one bag of maize, baby kits and wares to a woman who gave birth to triplets, Mrs Rachael Gabriel, at Lafiyan Sara village in the local government.