The Minister for Women’s Affairs, Ms. Pauline Tallen, says that the ministry aims to increase the participation of women in all sectors of the economy.
Tallen said this during the Nigerian News Agency Ministerial Forum in Abuja.
She said the ministry had achieved a lot but had fallen short of its goal, adding that “our goal is to see women represented in all sectors of the economy.
“We were way below, but under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, a lot has been done in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs to raise awareness and empower women.”
She said that the government, through various programs, was committed to empowering women and making women entrepreneurs stand out.
The minister revealed that the recent 50 Million African Women Speak Project (50MWSP) International Pink Traders Fair in Abuja was a platform for various companies and women entrepreneurs to showcase their products and skills.
“This is one of many programs that we are doing because the empowerment of women is key and without empowerment nothing is achieved.
“When a woman is empowered, she will be able to take care of herself and defend herself, speak for herself and the basis or the critical area to achieve the empowerment of women is education.
“That is why girls’ education is high on my agenda. And the president is paying a lot of attention to the education of our children.”
According to her, the “Nigeria project for women”, which began in six states of the geopolitical zones, will be expanded to empower more women at the grassroots.
He explained that “the project is a grassroots program. When it comes to women’s empowerment, rural women are key. Educate rural women, that’s where the power is, that’s where we all grew up.
“So if we neglect our base, then we are doing it wrong; The President knows the importance of empowering women and women who support women to empower themselves in the economic sector.
“That is why he approved this project and now we are expanding it in all 36 states.
“By God, we will mark him within the remaining six or seven months before he leaves office,” he said.
Source Credit: NAN