In commemoration of the Nigeria's 63rd Independence Day celebration, the First Lady of Borno State, (Dr) Falmata Babagana Umara Zulum, has empowered 500 women in the state.
The event took place on Sunday at the Multi-purpose Hall of the State Government House in Maiduguri.
The empowerment was to support and acknowledge the contributions of women in the state.
Each of the 500 beneficiaries received the sum of N100,000 and a 50kg bag of rice.
The First Lady expressed her gratitude marking the historic day with the women while congratulating Nigerians and the people of Borno State on the occasion.
She also stressed the importance of women in building democratic systems and establishing equitable societies.
Falmata further highlighted the commitment of her husband, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum, in recognizing and supporting women, pledging continuous assistance in their respective fields.
She also assured those who did not benefit from the support to remain patient, as future opportunities for empowerment would be made available.
Stressing the importance of utilizing the funds judiciously for their intended purposes, the First Lady encouraged the beneficiaries to extend support to others in need to foster a spirit of unity and empowerment within the state.
The event also recognized the efforts of a dedicated committee responsible for screening and selecting the most deserving beneficiaries among nearly two million eligible women across the state.
Those who attended the event included the State's Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Zuwaira Gambo, the Commissioner of Youth, Sports, Poverty, and Alleviation, Saina Buba, the Member representing Maiduguri at the National Assembly, Abdulkadir Rahis, the APC State Party Chairman, Bello Ayuba, Kala Maina Manguno, and Baba kura Habib among others.