The first lady of Gombe State Hajiya Adama Ibrahim Hassan Dankwombo through a Non – governmental organization known as Hajiya
Adama women empowerment programme (HAWEP) has taken a lead in the emancipation, liberation and empowerment of the entire women folk in Gombe State. HAWEP which is her pet project is aimed at empowering women economically to enable them exploit their full potential and live a more productive life.
Under HAWEP’s Women Empowerment and skills acquisition, money was released to women to start small businesses, others were trained in various skills such as tailoring, knitting, soap making, jelly making hair dressing and saloon as well as modern fish farming. Since from the inception of the programme; over 1500 women have been trained in small scale sustainable micro- enterprises. Beneficiaries were given fifty thousand Naira (N 50,000) as take up capital to enable them commence business with effective monitoring mechanism put in place.
Considering the success achieved under this programme, the First lady deemed it fit and imperative to review the programme upward. In this regard, two thousand five hundred women (2500) were engaged across the state In addition to this, Hajiya Adama Dankwombo launched another scheme tagged micro Grand scheme for petty traders in which five hundred women (500) were given twenty thousand naira each (N 20,000) to boast their petty businesses.
In the Health care, the first lady provided free medical services to women and children considered to be the vulnerable in the society. Hajiya
Adama Dankwombo through HAWEP provided free surgery to visicular of visor virginal fistula (vvf) and people with eye problems and diabetic patients undertaken by expert from London on. However prior to the coming of the medical expert from London, the first lady sponsored the treatment of other 50 vvf victims at the Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe including those referred abroad.
In the same vain,s the first lady provided fifty (50) tricycles, wheel chairs, crotches and working sticks to the physically challenged in the state, provided free teaching and other learning materials to schools and supported Girl child education in different ways. Worthy of mention is the assistance.