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Our policy document targeting at youths, women empowerment to be unveiled soon — Atiku


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, said his policy document targeting at creating an enabling environment for the youths and women to return to the path of wealth creation and gainful employment would soon be unveiled.

Abubakar on Wednesday on his personal twitter handle @atiku said that the document would help to address the problem of unemployment and poverty level in the country.

He said with the current poverty level, the country needs to empower women and youths.

He pledged that if elected as president, at least 40 pet cent of his cabinet would be women and youths.

“During my time in government, we designed our policies to help young people grow – stronger banks, telecoms etc. Many returned to Nigeria to start successful businesses.

“Today, those young people are leaving again, to Canada etc. We are losing our best doctors & professionals.

“Our policy document which is ready and will be unveiled soon, is dedicated primarily to creating an enabling environment for Nigerian youth and women to return to the path of wealth creation and gainful employment,” Atiku said. said. (NAN)

Commissioner urges Edo women to embrace agric., water initiatives


Edo Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Magdalene Ohenhen, has called on women in the rural areas of the state to key into the state’s Food and Agriculture Cluster initiative.

Ohenhen gave the advice during a press briefing to commemorate the 2018 International Rural Women’s Day in Benin on Monday, saying that the programme was targeted at boosting economic activities at the grassroots.

She said: “we have noticed that our rural women do not participate in training.

“So we are appealing to them to take advantage of the food and agriculture cluster project to gain knowledge about modern planting techniques, increase their income and boost food security in the state.

She said that the food and agriculture cluster initiative was recently launched in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of the state to empower and build the capacity of about 3,000 rural farmers.

Ohenhen also urged the women to support the water and sanitation projects being executed by the State Government across the rural communities, in collaboration with UNICEF.

She said this would ensure the eradication of water borne diseases and safer environment.

The commissioner said that the present administration in the state was committed to the welfare of women in rural areas.

She said that many investments were being made on provision of access roads to farms and markets and renovation of health care centres.

“We cannot overlook the efforts of rural women in agricultural production and poverty reduction.

“To complement their efforts, the present administration has given them a voice in the decision making process,” she added.

Ohenhen said government had done that through the appointment of a Special Adviser and Special Assistant on Gender Issues in the 18 LGAs of the state,” she said. (NAN)

2019: Kaduna state women will resist monetary, food inducement from politicians — Activists


Ahead of the 2019 elections, a group of women activists in Kaduna State on Friday vowed to mobilise women in the area to resist attempts by politicians to induce them with cash and food condiments.

One of the women, Mrs Rhoda Giwa, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of a three-day training for women on civic rights and how to actively participate in decision-making and politics.

The training was organised in Kaduna by an NGO, Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative (EWEI).

Giwa, from Malali community in Kaduna North Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, added that women were no longer interested in selling their future to politicians in exchange for pittance.

According to her, the group will mobilise women to demand for projects that will better their lives and that of the entire community.

She said that women had become fed up with a situation where politicians would use cheap items to buy their votes during elections only to fail them afterwards.

“We will mobilise all women not to accept salt and maggi or peanuts from any politician again.

“What we want are concrete projects that will better the lot of women and children in our communities and not insignificant things that will finish in a matter of days.

“This time around, all agreements will be documented and we will drag any politician to court if he or she fails to honour it.

“We will no longer allow ourselves to be used and dumped when elections are over,” she added

Giwa thanked EWEI for the training, saying that it would help improve women’s capacity to participating more actively and decisively in demanding their rights, particularly on issues with significant bearing on the living conditions of women and children.

Also speaking with NAN, Mrs. Theresa Biniyat, from Tum Community in Kaura LGA, warned that deceitful politicians would no longer get votes from women in the state.

According to her, women will only vote for politicians with the genuine interest of the generality of the Nigerian people at heart.

“We are not after political parties or politicians, who will only buy our votes with petty things.

“We will look out for candidates with the will to make a difference in the lives of women and children as well as the entirety of Nigeria,” she said

Earlier, Grace Attah, EWEI’s Organisational Development and Learning Officer, had explained that the training was under its Civic Education and Participation for Women Project (CEPWOP).

According to her, the the training is aimed at mobilising women to be active participants in the country’s political process so that they are not schemed out of critical decision-making processes that affect directly them in their various communities. (NAN)

NGE President urges female politicians to start career at grassroots


The President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Mrs Funke Egbemode, has urged female politicians in Nigeria to begin their political careers early at the grassroots.

Egbemode made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Asaba at the ongoing 14th All Nigeria Editors Conference (ANEC).

She said that Nigerian women needed to be groomed politically at the local level to equip themselves better for political contests at higher levels, especially with their male counterparts.

The president of the guild noted that the male politicians did not get to where they were overnight, urging women to remain focused and determined in their political pursuits.

She said that women should not wait for the election period before participating in politics, but must be part of election process from the beginning to the end.

Egbemode said most women vie for elective positions few months to elections, adding that they must join political parties and be ready “to play the group matches before the finals.

“When you just decide to play politics few months to general election hoping to start the match with the quarter finals such matches cannot be won,’’ Egbemode said.

She also advised women in politics to take advantage of the media and get exposed to the electorate, pointing out that male politicians utilised the media to their advantage.

She further urged the Nigeria Association of Women Journalist (NAWOJ) to continue to work harder and stay focused on ensuring that the members remained professional in practice.

The NGE president also advised young female journalist who wished to remain in the practice to strive to marry the right partners who would encourage them to fulfill their dreams.

“They should try as much as they can to marry men who can support them to achieve their dreams; not the ones that will discourage them to own shops or go into other businesses.

“If you really want to be a journalist that will climb the ladder high, you must also be hardworking and show your organisation that you are good,’’ she advised. (NAN)

Adolescent girls to access reproductive health information, services in Kaduna State


Kaduna State Government says it is collaborating with development partners to ensure girls have access, not only to education, but also reproductive health information and services.

The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Hafsat Baba, stated this on Thursday at a news conference marking the International Day for the Girl-Child in Kaduna.

Baba said, “Empowering adolescent girls will be incomplete without ensuring that they have comprehensive life planning skills and education.”

She said that this would empower and assist them to understand their reproductive health, rights and life skills such as negotiation, assertiveness, self-esteem, goal setting and decision-making.

The commissioner said there were skills that would empower them to make informed decisions and choices.

“With life planning skills, our married adolescents will be able to have access to child spacing services that will in turn help them improve their overall wellbeing and contribute to Kaduna State having more skilled girl force.

“Pregnancies among unmarried adolescents and rising cases of rape in our communities, it is important to ensure that more girls and their mothers are educated,’’ she said.

Baba said that Gov. Nasir El-Rufai’s administration was working toward ensuring that girls stay in school, hence his declaration for free education up to secondary schools for the girl-child.

“Kaduna Government has constituted a high level committee that is charged with creating a state plan for continuing education.

“As we intensify efforts to ensure education without disruption for girls, we also acknowledge that some adolescent girls have been abruptly removed from school,’’ she said.

Baba added that government was committed at creating another way back into formal education, a second chance of sorts.

“We hope that with this programme, girls that hitherto add to the numbers of out of school will be salvaged and added to the schooled,’’ she said. (NAN)

Be active in politics, group tells Nigerian women


A group, Badagry Women Development Forum (BWDF), on Thursday urged females in Nigeria to play active roles in politics, to promote good governance.

Mrs Sewede Pot-Balogun, the Principal Coordinator of the group, gave the advice in Badagry, Lagos State, during a forum on the role of women in politics.

Pot-Balogun said women are active members and the engine room of every household, who are also active during political campaigns.

“They use us for mobilisation during campaign, but we are less favoured in political appointments.

“Women should be given more opportunities to hold political offices because we are more concerned about the well being of the society.

“Women are more emotional about the plight of people,” she said.

Pot-Balogun urged members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to accept the outcome of the just-concluded party primaries in good faith.

She said that the party was superior to individual interest, advising the members to focus on the 2019 general elections in order to record victory at the polls.

Pot-Balogun, however, urged all APC candidates to be on ground among their people.

She decried a situation in which candidates abandon the electorate after elections.

Also speaking, Mrs Sesi Fagbeji-Agemo, the Group Coordinator, urged party leaders to give women their right place in governance. (NAN)

Major political parties unfair to womenfolk in primary elections — NCWS


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The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) has alleged the major political parties of being unfair to womenfolk in the just concluded primary elections preparatory to 2019 general elections.

Mrs Gloria Shoda, the president of the council, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday that the actions of political parties in the primaries discouraged women from participating further in the electoral process.

“We assembled all women aspirants and party leaders in a summit where we discussed and they agreed to give the women a soft landing.

“This, however, was not adhered to by the political parties as the cost of nomination forms and violence that ensued at the primaries did not allow women to come out to vote.

“Beside this, I don’t see how a woman will be able to get N12 million not to talk of N45 million for nomination form for presidency in the case of the People’s Democratic Parties (PDP) and All Progressives Alliance (APC), respectively.

“I watched the just concluded primaries with keen interest; the first thing that struck my mind was the amount women were asked to pay for the nomination forms,’’ she said.

Shoda said that it was worrisome that the APC had no concession for women, asking: “How do they expect women to feel?

“We hear that the PDP had some concession for women. Women were only asked to pay expression of interest form which was reasonable because women are not moneybags.

“Some political parties did not even collect money at all from women to encourage them to participate in the electoral process.

“This means that the big parties do not want women to participate in the electoral process further because making nominations forms costly means that women will not participate,’’ she observed.

But NAN reports that the wife of the president, Mrs Aisha Buhari, recently assured the women aspiring for elective positions on the platform of All Progressives Congress of her support to achieve the 35 per cent affirmative action for women.

Mrs Buhari gave the assurance on when the newly elected APC National women leaders and their women wing in the 36 states and FCT paid her a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The group including women leaders of North-Central, North-East, North-West, South-East, South-West and South-South were led to the Presidential Villa by the National Woman Leader of APC, Mrs Salamatu Baiwa.

The wife of the president maintained that women were responsible for the successes recorded in many elections in Nigeria.

“It is time to start mobilisation of women at the grassroots level because women are responsible for the successes of every elections in Nigeria’’ she said.

Mrs Buhari urged the APC women to always respect the constitution of the party and called on them to continue to support the APC administration.(NAN)

Poverty Alleviation: 3, 000 women get N30m in Katsina


Katsina State Government on Tuesday commenced the disbursement of N30 million to 3,000 women in the state as part of efforts to boost local businesses.

“The disbursement is part of efforts to alleviate poverty among women across the three senatorial zones of Katsina state, reduce unemployment and idleness,” the government said.

Dr Badiyya Mashi, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development said while distributing the money in Katsina that it would enable the women expand their businesses and contribute to the overall growth of the national economy.

“Each woman would receive N10,000 as start-up capital to enhance her business.

“Our ideal is to empower them economically to enable them kick start their petty businesses or build on what they have started”, she said

Mashi recalled that the government had other programmes to improve the welfare of the people and would be glad to see the beneficiaries transform into change agents for the economic prosperity of the state.

According to her, economic growth can be achieved if all women were empowered to support their families and the education of their children.

Mashi urged the beneficiaries to rally support for President Muhammadu Buhari and Gov. Aminu Masari during the 2019 general elections, to consolidate on the tremendous works they started.

One of the beneficiaries, Hajiya Zainab Ahamed, pledged to utilise the money to boost her business. (NAN)

Nigeria pledges commitment to eradicating discrimination against women


Nigeria has assured the international community of its unalloyed commitment to the advancement of women’s rights and the eradication of violence and all forms of discriminations against women.

The Permanent Representative of Nigeria to ECOWAS, Amb. Babatunde Nurudeen, stated this while making Nigeria’s presentation on ‘Advancement of Women’ to the UN General Assembly in New York.

Nurudeen said: “The advancement of women remains a critical issue for continuous engagement and calls for action-related measures for the achievement of national and international policies capable of promoting and enhancing their fundamental rights.

“Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari is unequivocally committed to the advancement of women rights, gender equality, empowerment of women through eradication of poverty, prohibition of trafficking in women and girls, elimination of violence and discrimination against women”‘.

He also said Nigeria had developed a National Gender Policy aimed at eliminating gender discrimination, and promoting political, economic and social opportunities in the public and private sector for women.

The Nigerian envoy said in furtherance of the objectives of the UN Security Council Resolution 1235, Nigeria has launched its Second National Action Plan of the Council’s resolution.

He said: “To reinforce government’s commitment to the eradication of all forms of violence against women, Nigeria has adopted a programme on Stop-Violence Against Women in Election (VAWIE).

“The adoption is with the objective of mitigating violence against women and demonstrating the link between gender-based electoral violence vis-à-vis the reduced participation of women in the political landscape.

“To facilitate its full implementation, a special contingent of VAWIE monitors are deployed to man designated situation room at various election centres for the purposes of collating and reporting cases of electoral violence against women during any election in the country”.

In the area of women empowerment, Nurudeen said the Nigerian Government had introduced an empowerment programme to disburse $1.66 million micro-credit lending to businesses at the bottom of the financial pyramid.

This has created an array of women entrepreneurs in the country, especially given the soft conditions of zero collateral, zero interest and only five per cent administrative fee attached to the loans, he said.

In combating gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies, he said the government recently unveiled a ‘Road Map on Call to Action on Protection from Gender Based Violence in Emergencies’.

The Road Map, he said, provided a model and standard operating procedures aimed at ensuring that women and girls are protected from violation in conflict situation.

He said the Plan had been further externalised with its subsequent launch, during the Oslo II/Berlin Conference on the Lake Chad, held in Berlin in September.

The Nigerian envoy said the launch had given further impetus for the international recognition of the Roadmap as a model for preventing gender based violence during humanitarian and emergency situation.

According to him, Nigeria acknowledges the pivotal role of its women in achieving accelerated national economic growth and development.

He added that the country attached importance to realising demographic dividend and gender equality in all spheres of our national development plans.

Nurudeen announced that Nigeria had been selected as one of the three pilot countries for the ‘Demographic Dividend with a Gender Dimension for 2018-2022’.

The project is being implemented by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, as entry points for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

He emphasised that Nigeria believed the advancement of women must be approached in a concerted and collective manner.

“Nigeria reaffirms the importance of the effective implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and other International Agreements for the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

“We must work together to ensure the upliftment of womanhood in the realization of objectives of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the African Union Agenda 2063,” he stressed. (NAN)

Aisha Buhari Condemns Ruling Party Ills


First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari has condemned certain practices of the All Progressives Congress.

She wrote

It is disheartening to note that some aspirants used their hard earned money to purchase nomination forms, got screened, cleared and campaigned vigorously yet found their names omitted on Election Day, these forms were bought at exorbitant prices.

Many others contested and yet had their result delayed. Fully knowing that AUTOMATIC tickets have been given to other people.

All Progressives Congress being a party whose cardinal principle is change and headed by a comrade/ activist whose main concern is for the common man, yet, such impunity could take place under its watch.

Given this development one will not hesitate than DISSOCIATE from such unfairness, be neutral and speak for the voiceless.

It is important for the populace to rise against impunity and for voters to demand from aspirants to be committed to the provision of basic amenities such as:
1. Potable drinking water
2. Basic health care ( Primary Health Care centers)

3. Education within conducive & appropriate learning environments.

Let us vote wisely!

While others have condemned her vocal criticism of her husband’s goverment, other’s applauded her courage.

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