The Federal Government, FG, has renamed the National Centre for Women Development, NCWD, after the late Mrs. Maryam Babangida, to immortalize her in recognition of the impact of her projects on women, especially those in rural areas.

Late Mrs Maryam Babangida

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Mrs. Monilola Udoh, disclosed that the Senate passed a bill for the change on March 29, 2023, while the House of Representatives did the same on April 5, 2023.

She said the renaming is in line with the amendment of the National Centre for Women Development Act, Cap. N15, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, to enhance functions of the center.

The Director General of the centre, Asabe Vilita-Bashir, noted the huge contribution of the late First Lady, especially her Better Life for Rural Women project, impacted the lives of women nationwide.

DG, National Centre for Women Development, Dr Asabe Bashir

“Maryam Babangida is someone Nigerian women will not forget, and we are doing this to encourage other women leaders to emulate her virtues, commitment and support to women. This will serve as inspiration to all women in leadership positions to do more for Nigerian women and be recorded by history.” she said.

The Chairman of Implementing Committee for Infrastructure and Renaming, Mrs. Moji Makanjuola, said the renaming of the center is significant for women.

Story: Hilda Katu