By Hassan Zaggi
The newly installed Mama General of market women in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mrs Toyin Badmus, has vowed to ensure that all market women in the capital city are enrolled in National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and National Pension Scheme.
She disclosed that during her installation ceremony in Abuja, weekend.
She expressed her commitment to ensure unity, love for each other and commitment to the growth and development of the market institution in the FCT. This, she said, would enable the market women contribute to nation building.
My vision for all is that of unity, love and commitment to the growth and development of the market institution in the FCT so that we can contribute our quota to the growth of the nation.
As you all know, our market is a mini Nigeria or mini Africa in terms of demography and population.
I have come to be a bridge builder and vision driver in consonance with the existing leadership in the FCT and the government to ensure that all potentials are harmonized for the benefit of our members, customers, business partners and the general public.
To achieve this, we shall be exploiting different avenues and opportunities available for the advancement of our members in the interest of their trade.
Among these are: we shall establish a data base of members through a registration process which will give the needed information establish needs assessment of all our markets and meet these needs in a well-planned manner.
Secondly, we shall work assiduously to secure low interest loan facilities from commercial banks and institutions in charge of government intervention programmes in the interest of the market men and women.
We are going to key into the pension scheme for the unregulated and the informal sector employers and employees for the benefit of our members in tandem with the pension commission. This pension scheme will ensure that when we are old and retired we will continue to earn money until the day our creator says we should go.
We are also going to execute a platform for our members across board irrespective of their status and levels to benefit from housing scheme with the Federal Housing Authority and the Federal Mortgage bank.
We are also going to establish a contributory healthcare project for members and their dependants and also explore the National Health Insurance Scheme to enroll our members into the programme for their health care benefits.
We encourage our members to get their wards educated, even themselves to all levels. For this reason, therefore, we are going employ interventional programmes for the benefit of our members and also establish educational trust fund for our members.
I want assure you that by the grace of God, we shall do it we can to ensure that at the end of the day, the FCT market template is worthy of emulation and a place of pride across the federation.
The work at hand is enourmous and we recoginse this, without you, we cannot achieve all, but with your support, I am convinced that we shall succeed.
I promise to be there for all irrespective of status, religion, ethnicity and political party affiliation.