25 March 2021 by MATHEW AYOOLA
The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mariam Yalwaji Katagum says Nigerian women are playing major role towards achieving food security in the country particularly in their responsibilities in agricultural food value chain.
She stated this when a delegation of Women Food Sellers Association of Nigeria led by the National Coordinator, Mrs. Funke Tetteh paid her a visit in her office in Abuja.
The Minister pointed out that Nigerian women had contributed positively to the reduction of hunger in the country through their value addition to agricultural produce in areas of food processing, preservation among others.
“We are helping in the agricultural value chain. You cook it, you preserve it, that is another area you are contributing. In doing so, you are contributing to the reduction of hunger or poverty in the country. You are playing a very important role” She stated
Amb. Katagum who expressed satisfaction with the association advised other women to formalize themselves into groups which would make it easier for governments at all levels to offer necessary support to them
She explained that women form a very important constituent of President Buhari’s administration and reaffirmed that women in businesses were allocated 45 percent in the MSMEs Survival Fund Scheme to cushion the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on their businesses.
Amb. Katagum therefore assured the association that the Ministry would facilitate their participation at its various economic empowerment programmes and continue to create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the country.
The Minister thanked the association for honouring her as the Matron of the Women Food Sellers Association of Nigeria and promised to honour the invitation to attend the forthcoming Annual Abuja Food Fair.
Earlier in her address, the National Coordinator, Women Food Sellers Association, Mrs. Funke Tetteh said the association was in the Ministry to solicit support on women economic empowerment programmes for its members in the 36 States of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory.
The National Coordinator commended the Minister of State for her motherly commitment to the well-being of Nigerian women through her contribution to the growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) which is the engine room of the nation’s economy.
Highlight of the visit was the presentation of an award as the Matron of the Women Food Sellers Association of Nigeria to the Minister of State in recognition of her remarkable achievements in women empowerment, sustainable democracy and good governance.