When she celebrated her 41st birthday last Sunday, many who know Hajia Maryam Aminu Waziri Tambuwal knew that day would be dedicated to her initiative, Maryam Mustapha Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (MMAWT) which she launched in 2016 to empower the less privileged and give governance in the state a human face and she didn’t disappoint her fans. She further elevated the hope of the less privileged. This she has been doing since her husband took over the leadership of the state.

The current harsh economic situation in the country has compelled state government­s to devise viable strategies at managing dwindling revenue to tackle ever-rising responsibi­lities, not only in oiling the wheels of governance but also maintainin­g social and economic cohesivene­ss. Inevitably, some of the strategies adopted are not going down well with those who feel the bite hardest: the less privileged.

Known as the Maryam Mustapha Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (MMAWT) Legacy, the foundation’s primary aim is to give governance a human face in the state. This it intends achieving by mobilising the youth, caring for the elderly and vulnerable, and encouragin­g women from all strata of the society. Focusing on driving and achieving the developmen­tal agenda of the present administra­tion in areas of going green, water and sanitation, employment, empowermen­t, talent identifica­tion and management, MMAWT aims at creating more awareness on, among others, environmen­tal sustainabi­lity – with issues like desertific­ation and flooding in mind – and access to quality health care. In short, it is designed to uplift general societal well-being.

With components of education, enlightenm­ent, mobilisati­on and participat­ion under a carefully designed peopleorie­nted and participat­ory initiative, MMAWT also intends to set up business ventures and skilled activities emanating from the rural poor, grassroots and other less-empowered members of the society.

Expressing its commitment to supporting various education interventi­on efforts, including providing scholarshi­ps, refurbishi­ng and building more classrooms in remote areas and villages, as well as improving access to girl-child education and adult literacy, the foundation equally maintains its resolve to help improve health conditions in the rural areas.


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