Besides uplifting cemeteries, the minister’s wife has initiated efforts to help the needy.
The FCT minister’s wife, Aisha Bala Mohammed, was turbaned as the Garkuwan Mata (Protector of Jiwa womenfolk) of Jiwa for her individual effort at giving face-lift to grave sites in Abuja, a spokesperson for her husband’s office said Sunday.
Mrs. Mohammed was honored with the title by His Royal Highness, Dr. Idris Musa, the Chief of Jiwa.
For all of Abuja’s grinding poverty and unemployment, Mrs. Mohammed’s choice of intervention through a nongovernmental organization, wasn’t initially for the living. Her NGO, Al-Muhibbah Foundation, set out since 2010 resetting the city’s odious cemeteries. How much she achieved, is not clear.
“Always eager to help the less privileged members of the society, Bala Mohammed, set up the Al –Muhibbah Foundation in 2010 initially with the aim of rehabilitating, renovating and beautifying both Christian and Muslim burial grounds within the FCT. She strongly believes that the dead like the living deserve to rest with dignity,” the spokesperson, Nosike Ogbuenyi, said.
He said overtime, and having succeeded to a large extent in her initial quest of renovating the final resting place of the deceased, the foundation began to focus its attention on uplifting the less fortunate in Nigeria.
At the investiture at Jiwa, a satellite town in Abuja Municipal Area Council, the Chief, Mr. Musa said Mrs. Mohammed was honoured because of her good works in empowering youths, women and widows as well as “care for the dead”.
The spokesperson said her efforts had yielded various awards in the past, including “Best Human Capital Builder” awarded by the International Leadership and Management Development Summit ILMD, Durban, South Africa; “Humanitarian Services Award” by the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists; and recently, “Honorary Doctor of Arts Degree” awarded by Ahfad University for Women, Khartoum, Sudan.
Responding, Mrs. Mohammed said she was most humbled knowing that his modest contributions towards the empowerment of youths, women and the less privileged in the society have begun to receive attention.
She paid tribute to First Lady, Patience Jonathan, whose passion for women, youths, children and the less privileged, she said, has resulted to over 35% federal political positions being occupied by women in the present dispensation.
She said the Al-Muhibbah Foundation was ready to work with other stakeholders to promote the education of the girl-child and to give skill acquisition to women who desire it in the task of nation building.