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IWD 2024: Tinubu unveils ‘Nigeria for Women’ programme to advance cause of womenfolk, boost economy

Senator George Akume, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (in Blue), Representing President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the Occasion Photo: State House

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu charges traditional rulers, religious leaders, and Development Partners to support his administration to advance the cause of women in Nigeria

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has unveiled the “Nigeria For Women” Programme with a view to advancing the cause of women, children and the vulnerable in the country

At the inauguration ceremony held Thursday, Match 7, 2024, in the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, FCT, Tinubu assured that the scheme will evolve lots of positive changes in the lives of Nigerian women in particular and the country at large.

Mrs. Grace Njoku, Head of  Press and Public Relations in the Ministry, stated the Nigerian leader, while stressing that women play a very critical role in the development of every nation, expressed his administration’s commitment to the implementation of policies and initiatives that would impact positively their lives, families and Nigeria as a whole.

Represented at the forum by Senator George Akume, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), the President said, “unveiling programme is part of the present administration’s efforts at ensuring an improvement in the welfare of the Nigerian woman.”

He stated: “We are not just committed to the Women in Abuja and other urban centres but government is committed to the well being of all the women in this country, particularly the vulnerable who live in the rural areas.”

Tinubu, therefore, called on traditional and religious leaders as well as Development Partners to support the administration in its quest to advance the cause of women in the country.

Speaking at the programme, Barrister (Mrs) Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, Honourable Minister for Women Affairs, informed the audience, that the Nigeria For Women Programme, which encompasses the National Women e-Market Portal, National Helpline, Naija Save Nigeria and Nigeria Integrity Brigade Project, is dedicated to promoting women’s economic empowerment as well as ensuring social inclusion

The Minister commended the donors, development partners and other stakeholders for their commitment to the actualisation of an enhancement in the living standard of women and children in the country.

She also said: “Since I assumed office as Minister of Women Affairs, I have received so much support.

“I came in with the mindset to change the narratives, because I felt much has been done on training, advocacies and consultations.

“I am not against it, but I believe that it is time to empower them sustainably, as this will not only reduce poverty but also create more job opportunities, in line with the policy thrust of government.”

Earlier in his welcome address, Amb. Gabriel Aduda, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, stated that the Nigeria For Women Project aims at creating an enabling environment for the actualisation of the dreams and aspirations of women with a view to promoting gender equality Aduda described the traditional institutions as custodians of culture, morals as well as traditions of the people.

He also expressed optimism that with their massive turn out at the event, there is hope that the people’s mindset will be reshapened to ensure a collective collaboration towards the advancement of the cause of women and children in the country

Amb. Aduda, while thanking the donors, Development Partners and other stakeholders for their support, commended the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Administration for creating the enabling environment for the empowerment of women, children and the vulnerable in society

In a goodwill message, the Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman, National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, Sa’ad Muhammed Abubakar III, pledged the traditional institution’s commitment to the promotion of the well-being of women and girls in the country

The Sultan noted that the presence of traditional rulers from all the geo-political zones at the event signifies the level of importance placed on women as the wheel of progress in every developing community.

In her remarks, the UN Women’s Country Representative in Nigeria, Ms. Beatrice Eyong, stated that gender equality and women’s empowerment are pivotal to the achievement of sustainable development in any nation.

Eyong said: “Investing in women is not just only about economic necessity, but also a fundamental human right.

“This year, we are reminded to escalate action and investment in women’s economic empowerment across the globe and Nigeria in particular.”

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