Josephine Piyo, Deputy Governor, Plateau State.

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos – As rural women around the globe are celebrated today, the Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Josephine Piyo has hailed the contributions of women in rural communities to sustainable development in the State, especially in the area of agriculture and rural enterprises which boost food security in Plateau State.

Recall that the Day is marked on October 15 of every year in recognition of rural women’s contribution to development, food production, and poverty eradication, among others and the theme for 2023 is “Rural Women Cultivating Good Food for All.”

The Deputy Governor according to a statement issued in Jos on Sunday by Martha Nyam, her Chief Press Secretary
applauded rural women for “supporting their households and communities in providing food, generating income, improving rural livelihoods and contributing to the overall wellbeing of families in the State.”

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She described rural women in Plateau as “dogged and resilient,” and stressed, “It is critical that they are accorded their rightful place as active participants, in the efforts to achieve sustainable development in Plateau.”

Piyo assured that “the Governor Mutfwang-led administration is sensitive to gender equality and women’s empowerment which are essential components of human development and basic human rights.”

She recognised that most rural women are rural farmers and noted that their administration is “working assiduously to ensure that local communities are safe for farming and other businesses to thrive.”