Stakeholders call for women empowerment in national development

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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Stakeholders in Nigeria has called for the inclusion and empowerment of women for national development.

This was affirmed at the ongoing 18th Regular National Council Meeting on Women Affairs and Social Development in Lagos, southwest Nigeria.

The event which was organised by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in collaboration with the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation among other partners and stakeholders, will hold from 5th-10th of August, 2018.

Addressing participants at the opening ceremony which incorporated individuals from both Public and Private sectors, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Ifeoma Anagbogu says Nigerian government has numerous support programmes that engage women towards being self reliant and is investing in their well being.

Anagbogu said that government has embarked on awareness campaigns to enlighten the public on projects and programmes that will serve as catalyst to the realisation of the set goals on focusing on Women, Children, the Aged, People with Disabilities and other vulnerable individuals in the country.

“The Federal government has done a lot to empower women and less privileged, the vulnerable women in Nigeria. The Nigerian government believe in the strength and dexterity of women.”

“Government has over the years organised series of empowerment programs to encourage and support their businesses, especially those involving in the Small and Medium enterprise. There are various forms of support initiative by the federal government.”

“Even at the sub-national level, most states gives concessions to person living with disabilities, with various means to get them employed, create vocational centers to encourage them to be self reliant,” Anagbogu said.

The 18th National Council Meeting involve several sessions and one of it was the Technical Session where past meeting reports would be reviewed in order to project in to the future agendas for women in the country.

Speaking on the theme of the meeting; Peace Security and Social Inclusion: Key Building Blocks for Achieving Economic Growth and Sustainable Development in Nigeria, Anagbogu explained that it was necessary for everyone to emphasize the need for peaceful coexistence among different tribes in the country as it forms the path towards societal growth.

“The theme of the meeting is very apt and cannot have come at a better time than now that the nation is preparing for another historic electoral transition and to explore every opportunity of the meeting to identify problems of insecurity, social inclusion towards a sustainable development of the country” she said.

In her address, the Permanent Secretary Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Abiola Liadi said that the event was strategically designed to address the issues concerning women and their development.

According to her “This years 18th National Council Meeting on women will be focusing on the essential policies and laws that dwell on women issues to move them to the next century and also ensure that those on ground are adequately implemented.”

She was however optimistic that issues that are affecting women in the state are highlighted and addressed at the meeting, stressing the state government commitment to continuously improving its activities on women empowerment.

Mrs Liadi who was elated to receive delegates said that security challenges and seeming perturbed peace in some parts of the country would also be address by the meeting.