The First Lady, Dr. Aisha Buhari has disclosed that the federal government is committed to women’s economic development as exemplified by the various economic interventions introduced since the advent of this administration.
She made this known In Abuja during the opening of the African Regional Council of Women Conference organized by the National Council for Women Societies and the development Research and Projects Centre in Abuja.
Represented by the Minister for Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, Dr.Aisha Buhari challenged state governments to pull resources to empower women as a strategic and deliberate economic policy that aims to reinvigorate the economic status of women with a view of tackle poverty, unemployment and insecurity in Nigeria.
She sighted some federal government interventions that was geared towards inclusion and expanding access to finance for women in business, adding that more interventions are underway to integrate women as a veritable segment of Nigeria’s quest for economic growth.
The President of the National Council for Women Societies, Dr Laraba Shoda, described women economic empowerment as the most workable economic intervention any government can use for economic sustainability, family cohesion, and peace.
Dr Shoda who thanked the First Lady for her continuous support for women’s emancipation, added that the African council conference will continue to be an opportunity for all women in Africa to develop.
“This conference is brought together to give opportunities to women across the 774 local government not only to showcase their economic viability but to network and form sustainable business relations for the betterment of womenfolk’ she said.
The National Administrator, Partnership for Advancing Women Economic Development, Mrs. Unekwu Ezekeil said the development Research and Projects Centre is supporting the new awakening for the African woman in Nigeria.
Panelists at the conference described the funding, leadership, and poor education as the bane of women’s economic development and called on the governments at all levels to introduce policies that is inclusive to emancipate women as the main intervention needed to put Nigeria on the right track.
The 3 day conference was Attended by over 2000 women from Women Cooperatives and Associations from Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa region, with the theme ‘ New awakening for African Women ”
The highlight of the conference was the exhibition organized by various women business to highlight their entrepreneurial abilities.