By Salisu Sani-Idris
The Ansar-ud-deen Society of Nigeria, a faith-based organisation, has urged Muslims women to participate in manufacturing and technological advancement to contribute their quota to national development.
Mrs Moriam Ejibunu, Abuja Branch Women Committee Chairperson, made the call on Saturday at its 25th Anniversary and Award Ceremony with the theme, “Importance of Education and Self Development for Muslim Women”.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 23 persons received various awards in recognition of their contributions to the development of the society and propagation of Islam.
The anniversary also featured the empowerment of 15 needy members of the women council.
Ejibunu urged women to champion the cause of societal advancement in all facets of human endeavour in line with the philosophy of the society.
She said that the Abuja branch had been in the vanguard of the promotion of Islam, moral and social advancement of its members and all Muslims since it was inaugurated in 1996.
“The well-being of women is the well-being of the children, family, the country and the world at large.
“In a bid to achieve effective and efficient operations and wider reach to our female members, the women council has tripartite groups under its umbrella.
” These groups work assiduously with exemplary energy in rendering various services including cleaning the mosque, teaching of Qur’an and Hadiths, moral and financial support to members,” Ejibunu said.
The guest lecturer, Dr Abdulfattah Adeyemi, Chief Executive Officer, Baynakum Centre, urged women to go beyond buying and selling to manufacturing and exportation, to boost the lots on women in the country.
Adeyemi urged Ansar-ud-deen and financial institutions to find ways of financing women to be producers of goods and services to guarantee food and financial security.
On his part, the Deputy National Chairman of the society, Dr Yusuf Ibrahim, said, ” the society had evolved since its formation in Jan. 1923.
“The founding fathers of Ansar-ud-deen knew the importance of women and they put measures in place to make them productive for themselves, the family and the nation.
” If the women are not good, they would not be able to produce good fruits,” Ibrahim said.
Also, the Chairman of the occasion, Otunba Ewenla, urged the members of the society and Muslims across the country to sustain measures to better the lot of women.
Similarly, the Chairman, Abuja branch of the society, Alhaji Mohammed Olayiwola, said the society would not relent in doing the needful as stipulated by the Almighty Allah and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). (NAN) (www.nanews.ng)
Edited by Angela Okisor/Bashir Rabe Mani