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Women farmers honour APPEALS coordinator in Kogi over empowerment

By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja

IN appreciation of his contributions towards women empowerment, Small Scale Women Farmers Organisation of Nigeria (SWOFON), Kogi Chapter has honoured Dr Sani Abdullahi Ozomata, State Coordinator of Agro-processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS).

Hajia Safiya Yahaya, Kogi State Coordinator of SWOFON presented the Award of “Excellent Performance” to Dr Ozomata in his office on Tuesday in Lokoja.

She particularly commended him for the grant of N2 million for the procurement of farming inputs which were made available to some women farmers in the state.

She described Dr Ozomata’s kind disposition and contributions towards the upliftment of women folk as laudable saying, “it is good to give honour to whom it is due.”

Hajia Safiya Yahaya also commended ActionAid Nigeria for its support through advocacy to the Women Group which enabled it to embark on capacity building of women in the 21 Local Government Areas of Kogi State.

“Our activities for women empowerment with the support of ActionAid Nigeria cut across all the wards in the 21 Council Areas of Kogi”, the SWOFON Coordinator disclosed.

Responding, the APPEALS Coordinator and beneficiary of the Award, Dr Ozomata, said that the award would spur him to do more for the women group in the state.

“Iam happy that am being appreciated. I really value the recognition but I must confess that am only a contributor. We did it together and the success story goes to all of us.

“I will not relent in ensuring that women have their place in the society. I will continue to ensure that the right people get our support.

“The essence of APPEALS Project is to create job, wealth and boost food security and I am assuring you that those women that have not benefited from our women empowerment will be considered in our future engagement.

“Please don’t shortchange yourselves. Try to make best out of the benefits by investing your proceeds for the betterment of your existence”, Ozomata advised.

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