The Federation Of Muslim Women’s Associations In Nigeria (FOMWAN) has called on the government as a matter of urgency, ensure food security for all by strengthening the naira and regulating food prices to make basic necessities of life affordable to the common man.
The event provided a platform to re-examine the operational environment and how to promote inclusiveness of Muslim women in development in the post-covid “new normal” way of life was tagged ‘Ifedore 2021″.
The Ondo State Amirah, Alhaja Aminat Abibunllah Akinpelumi stated this while addressing participants at the grand event marking the 3 day annual conference of FOMWAN with the theme: “Towards inclusive participation in development in the post covid era, prospects, challenges and the role of Muslim women in Africa”.
Aminat also stressed the need to make women economic employment programmes reach more vulnerable women by working directly with respectable women organisations like FOMWAN.
Amirah Akinpelumi while highlighting that the challenges faced in the past two years required government at all levels to articulate and respond in a way that can sustain education access to millions of children in schools without necessarily compromising their security, said this became necessary to forestall the massive dropout of students from schools particularly girls as a result of insecurity.
She also called the Muslim Ummah to appraise the absence of women’s involvement in societal issues as custodians of the future in the face of current challenges.
Amirah Akinpelumi urged them to be prepared for a dynamic world despite insecurity pressure on their traditional roles of nurturing the next generation.
“Muslim Women required a good blend of sound islamic knowledge and some rudimentary knowledge of how technology interfaces with her role as the first teacher of her children and other endeavours in life to be supported by the muslim ummah.
“Another challenge confronting women and children is poverty compounded by the fall in naira, inflation even in food items and loss of livelihoods resulting from covid-19 pandemic”.
The Ondo State Chairman of the Muslim Welfare Board, Alhaji Chandy Dhikirullahi Adams represented by the Welfare Board Treasurer, Alhaji Adeleke Dada, in his keynote address, urged women to use their strategic position as the bedrock of a muslim family to nurture muslim children in the family towards achieving the societal goals in the post covid era, saying women can use their place to advocate for socio-economic development of the muslim society and ensure that their voices are heard and their ideas implemented.
The keynote speaker who said violence against women increased since the beginning of the lockdown in 2020 stressed that if a Muslim woman is empowered economically, socially and politically, she will be in a position to add great efforts towards ensuring that there is an improvement in Africa.
Also, the National Amirah (President) Alhaja Rafiat Idowu Sanni said the association is not only a national one but an international organisation formed in Nigeria by a British woman and that the group is guided by 4 cardinal responsibilities which include calling the people to the way of God, creating awareness on need for education for all, health which has earned the organisation a place as the first to establish an orphanage and a motherless babies home among other goals.
She however used the opportunity to appreciate the Imams and the men for their unrelenting support for FOMWAN.
The Chairman of the occasion, from Ilara Mokin Muslim community who is to be soon inaugurated as the Baba Adini of Ilara Mokin, Alhaji Abubakar Buhari in his own remarks said women are developer of the home and the nation at large.
He thus appreciated the women for their tremendous efforts.
In his own remarks, the Alara of Ilara Mokin, Oba Abiodun Aderemi Adefehinti urged FOMWAN to be good wives to their husbands so as to reap the good benefits and fruits of their labour.
While appreciating their efforts, the monarch further charged them to ensure adequate coverage of all their activities for Nigerians to know what they are doing.
The Chief Imam of Igbara Oke, Alhaji Muyideen Adetiloye said the activities of FOMWAN has served as a challenge to the men folk as he charged them to emulate the good works of the association in propagating islamic religions cross the nation.
Also speaking, the representative of Owa of Igbara Oke, the Sapetu of Igbara Oke, Chief Moses Akinwale Aluko in his goodwill message said the future of Nigeria depends on the women because the men have done it for over 61 years without much impact.
While also calling on Nigerian women to step up to produce a Nigerian president which he said will make the country a better one, urged women to be prepared for a dynamic world and traditional role of nurturing the next generation.
Also addressing the gathering, FOMWAN Patron and Chairman of FUTA Muslim community, Prof. Ishiaq Adekunle Amoo while also congratulating Ondo and Osun states FOMWAN for doing wonderfully well as one of them emerged as the National President, urged the women to continue to support their leaders for a successful tenure.
Other dignitaries present are regent of Ekiti of Ero-land, Princess Gbadesogun Aderonke, Alhaja Simbiat Bakare, founder, Aroleorisun Medical Mission and Medical Director, Shifauk Hospital, Akure, Dr. Oyelami Saliu, the Patron of FOMWAN and Chairman FUTA Muslim Community Prof. Ishiaq Adekunle Amoo, representative from ZIlara Mokin Muslim communitarian, Alhaji Abubakar Buhari, many other national leaders and the southwest among others were on the entourage of the national president.