As part of the activities to mark the 2013 International Women’s Day, Katsina State first lady, Dr. Fatima Ibrahim Shehu Shema, through her Women Empowerment Programme, distributed 204 tricycles popularly called Keke-NAPEP to six women each in the 34 local government areas of the state including 34 women living with HIV/ AIDS.
Mrs Fatima while donating the items emphasized the need for the society to stop stigimatizing people living with HIV/AIDS as it is “no longer a death sentence as it was being viewed in time past.”
She further added, “You can live a normal life even as you contract the virus once you are on time with your medication. It is about living a purposeful life.”
The tricycles donated to women including people living with HIV/AIDS, according to her, is one of the ways the state government is alleviating poverty among the women folk.
Also distributed were grinding machines with complete accessories to a group of 15 women in addition to a N50, 000.00 take-off grant and 2 bags of Groundnut coupled with all the accessories for groundnut oil extraction distributed with same amount of take-off grant.
“Women, of course, are better managers of resources if given the right opportunity” she said adding, “that opportunity is what the state government has just demonstrated now. I believe that with this empowerment,we would have succeeded in increasing wealth creation and reduction of poverty in our land”.