The Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA) has promised to
partner National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS) to build capacity of Nigerian women.
The President of NAOWA, Mrs Salamatu Yahaya, made the promised while congratulating the newly elected
President of NCWS, Hajiya Lami Adamu, who led her executive on a visit to NAOWA office in Abuja.
Yahaya said that NAOWA was ready to work with the NCWS on skills acquisition that would help in building the capacity of women.
She added that NAOWA had over the years, organised programmes to promote women and build their capacity.
“NAOWA is willing to partner NCWS in the areas of skill acquisition and professional training for women,’’ she said.
Earlier, the President of NCWS had solicited for NAOWA’s partnership to empower women with skills that would reposition them for economic growth.
She said “our visit is aimed at collaborating with NAOWA to integrate more women into empowerment programmes to improve the
contributions of women in national development.”
She said that the executive came up with strategic plan as road map for achieving the goals of the council in the next five years.
She added that “these strategies include the promotion of women in leadership and governance and economic empowerment programmes
“Other plans are: actions to strengthen legal and policy framework to stop violence against women and girls, child protection and girl-child education.”
Lau said that the council would also strive to build an effective and efficient NCWS as a valued partner for promoting the gender agenda.
She urged NAOWA to continue to use the association to uplift Nigerian women with greater opportunities to fulfil their potential.
National Council for Women Societies (NCWS), on Thursday, appealed to the Federal Government and other stakeholders to address issues affecting security and education in the country.
National President of NCWS, Hajiya Lami Adamu-Lau, made the appeal at a news briefing, in commemoration of International Day of the African Child and the forthcoming 2022 Women-In-National Service Week (WINSERVE’ 2022) in Abuja.
Adamu-Lau said that the Day called for sober reflection and for all critical stakeholders to proffer solutions to issues affecting insecurity and the rights of the Nigerian child.
She decried the increasing cases of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) affecting women and children, adding that the domestication of Child Rights Act, 2003 would reduce the menace.
“We are equally witnesses to widespread cases of rape and other forms of violence against innocent women, mostly minors.
“We must begin to accord maximum priorities to fighting the twin monsters of gender-based violence and shameless neglect of our children’s rights,” she said.
Adamu-Lau called on all state governors to speed-up the process of adopting the Child Rights Act so as to take ‘cognitive and collective’ action on the matter.
“We are also calling on the federal government and ASSU to please re-open our universities so that our children will be fully engaged.
“Incessant crises in our educational institutions may constitute big threats to national security.
“Children’s continuous stay at home is very worrisome to us as mothers, as it makes them idle, redundant and, therefore, vulnerable to all forms of violence and negative tendencies,” she said.
Also speaking, Ms Edhekpo Uyoyou, a politician and member of Special Events Planning Committee (SEPCOM) for ‘WINSERVE 2022’, stressed the need for protecting the rights of children to enable them to attain their potentials.
Uyoyou said that the forthcoming WINSERVE’ 2022 would provide a platform for all critical stakeholders from the government, civil society organisation and others to discuss issues affecting women and children.
“These events are very dear to all women and gender-friendly interest groups as well as civil society organisations (CSOs).
“Indeed, that was why the Federal Government, under the auspices of FGN-NIMEC projects office, took the bold initiative to partner with NCWS for the successful hosting of these twin events,” she said.
On his part, Dr M.A. Yakassai, Director, Federal Ministry of Finance and FGN-NIMEC Projects Implementation Committee, said that WINSERVE’ 2022 aimed to immortalise and highlight some laudable achievements made by notable Nigerian women.
“WINSERVE 2022 seeks to address the perils of the society, especially gender-based violence (GBV) and encourage women political aspirants to participate during elections,” he said.
Yakassai said that the one-week events would also showcase children’s unity concert and talents expo as well as discussions on gender equity and leadership.
(NAN Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, says Nigerian women will only support twinning candidates contesting for elective positions in 2023 general elections.
Tallen said this at a news briefing on Tuesday to address reports of intimidation of female aspirants in their drive to secure political positions in the forthcoming election.
The minister explained that twinning, in this context, is the pairing of a male and female as the candidate and deputy at all levels of governance.
She said adoption of the twinning policy by political parties, would ensure equal representation of men and women, which would be in the best interest of all segments in the country.
She said the candidates would be made to sign a pact and negotiate better with all political parties, ahead of the general elections.
” I want to again make it clear that Nigerian Women can only support twinning at this time at all levels.They will sign a pact and negotiate better with all political parties ahead of time. For those who want to support the women’s cause, the time is now.
“We make up almost 50 per cent of the voting population, we constitute over 70 per cent of the voters who queue up in the rain, under the sun to support the candidates.Yet when they win, we are soon forgotten. Enough is enough,” she said.
According to her, the way forward is for a meaningful engagement, inclusion and participation of women at all levels.
She, therefore, encouraged women to support female candidature, adding that modalities for launching the Women Reconnect for a New Nigeria Initiative was on ground.
” We will be relying on the Media to help us spotlight this initiative as a wide advocacy platform for Nigeria Women.
” At this time, Gender Inclusion is our Agenda and on it we stand,” she said.
She, called on the media and other stakeholders to be steadfast in promoting the inclusion of the rights of women and children in the political agenda of candidates and their political parties.
She also stressed the need to stand against political violence and exploitation of women and the youth.
“At this moment, no women, no nation. The political party primaries are heating up at this time. Women are continuously being excluded and we are sad,”she said.
On her part, Ms Erika Godson, Deputy Country Representative, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), encouraged women to support women to ensure gender equality in all areas.
Similarly, Hajiya Lami Lau, National President, National council for Women’s Societies (NCWS), reiterated the commitment of women groups nationwide to support women contesting for any political position.
The Country Director of Ipas, Mr Lucky Palmer, on Monday promised to partner with the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) Nigeria to remove all forms of barriers affecting women.
Palmer made the promise when the newly elected President of NCWS, Hajiya Lami Lau, led a delegation on a visit to Ipas office in Abuja.
Ipas is an international, non-governmental organisation that increases access to safe abortions and contraception.
While congratulating the new executive, Palmer pledged commitment to work with NCWS, adding that Ipas was all about rights of women.
According to him, most women lack economic empowerment, Ipas seeks to remove all economic, health and social barriers affecting or limiting women in collaboration with NCWS.
“Ipas will work to ensure that no woman dies from child birth complications, though COVID-19 affected our funding but we will be ready to renew our partnership with NCWS.
“To this effect, we will assign one of our staff to liaise with NCWS programme officer to see possible areas to collaborate and develop a Memorandum of Understanding to drive the programmes,’’ he said.
On the issue of abortion, Palmer said that the law does not permitted abortion, adding that a lot of women are dying as a result of unsafe abortion.
He said Ipas advocated safe abortion services but reiterated the fact that family planning was key.
Earlier, Lau said that Ipas and NCWS began partnership in 2002, adding that with Ipas intervention, the council received several grants to sponsor advocacy and sensitisation programmes on women`s reproductive health and rights campaigns.
“We are not ignorant of the trainings offered to our previous national officers and members of staff of NCWS in various areas.
“We are here to strengthen the relationship between Ipas and NCWS and seek other ways of collaboration in line with your mandate,’’ she said.
Lau urged the Ipas country director to consider the council in trainings, advocacies and programmes to further strengthen the partnership capacity.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Monday promised to partner the National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) to address drug abuse among women.
The Executive of NDLEA, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd), made the promise when the newly elected President of NCWS, Hajiya Lami Lau, led a delegation on a visit to the directorate in Abuja.
Congratulating the new executive, Marwa noted that NCWS was central to the ongoing drug demand reduction and drug supply control efforts in Nigeria.
He said that the level of drug abuse in the country was worrisome, hence the need for partnership with all stakeholders to reduce drug usage.
The chief executive of NDLEA said that he was happy to know that NCWS had structures in local government areas and communities.
“ When you look at the size of Nigerians that use drugs which is about 15 million, you will understand why some families and societies are being destroyed and terrible crimes committed.
“Drugs are wiping out our future generation. Unfortunately, one in every four that use drugs is a woman. This may appear to be 25 per cent only.
“But when considered that the women include mothers who are setting examples for children, you can understand the impact of this on a child,” he said.
“The NDLEA boss said drug abuse by pregnant women could have adverse effects on the unborn children.
Marwa said that women that used drug were afraid of stigmatisation, hence they do not seek help or treatment.
He noted that of all the persons counseled and treated by the command, only five per cent are women.
“This is the area that we call on the NCWS to support our partnership and advocacy for women to renounce drugs and seek help and treatment.
“We will work with your state offices to sweep drugs off our streets as much as possible, but we need to face the demand end, hence the need for collaboration with the NCWS,” he said.
Lami said the partnership between the two bodies to combat drug abuse was important in view of the disturbing prevalence of the menace among women in the country.
She said that NCWS was worried by this and that was why the council had come to seek partnership with NDLEA to address drug abusive among women.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Monday demolished a mini market allegedly operating on plot of land belonging to National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), at Area 1 illegally.
Mr Ikharo Attah, the Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to the FCT Minister, said this in Abuja after the demolition.
He said while addressing newsmen on the spot that the area, which was close to NCWS secretariat, constituted a nuisance to the environment.
He said the demolition of all the illegal structures would bring about sanity in the area that had been converted to mini market against the Abuja Master Plan.
“This place is constituting nuisance to Area 11, it started as a small restaurant, gradually it metamorphosed into a market, now it has become a serious challenge.
“The activities on this single plot of land have become a serious issue; the FCT Minister, Malam Mohammad Bello, has directed that we should clear the place.
“Such illegality will not stand. We gave them warning before coming.”
Attah, said after the demolition, the owner of the land would decide on what to be done in the plot.
A customer who was at the scene, Charles Olili, said the place was the only nearby restaurant that its food was affordable, but that “government had powers to decide what is good for the people.
“It is a legal plot of land but has been turned into an illegal market,’’he said.
Also, a trader, Rafat Mohammed, said she was worried because nowhere for her to start up.
“This is worrying, where will I go and start? Government is supposed to provide an alternative place for us before the demolition,” she said.
One of the traders and a leader, Malam Ibrahim Lawal, who expressed anger over the incident, admitted that the FCT Administration gave them a notice of three months but it was not yet time.
“I feel very bad because we were given three months but we are not up to the three months; we were following up the issue till late last week, the people that came told us that they were sent by the minister.”
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) on Wednesday promised to partner the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) to train 50 women in each state of the federation.
The Director-General of NDE, Malam Abubakar Fikpo, made the promise when the newly elected President of NCWS, Hajiya Lami Lau, led a delegation on a visit to the directorate in Abuja.
Fikpo said that the NDE was committed to training and empowering women to become financial managers and for a better Nigeria.
He said that the NDE before now had always had a branch dedicated to women and women only to prioritise the directorate’s interest on women matters.
According to him, when I came on board a year ago, a think we needed to do more for the women, so we are creating a scheme, Women Employment Collaboration Scheme for women only.
”This is all aimed at reaching the women at the grassroots using the Local Government Areas (LGAs), ” he said.
Fikpo said that since the NCWS had its presence in all the states and local government areas, the directorate would use the council to establish its presence in the LGAs.
”Even though we have structures and offices in all the states of the federation, establishing our presence in the local government has been our major concern.
”Since the NCWS has presence in the local government areas, your organisation will become our machinery to establish our presence in the LGAs.
”For your request to train 50 women; that is not a problem because it falls under our mandate and we will be glad to do so,” he said.
Lau solicited the support of the NDE for more inclusive participation of Nigerian women in training and empowerment.
She urged the NDE to train 50 women in each state including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
”We also wish to request greater collaboration between NCWS and NDE in rural women empowerment programme of your agency, to stimulate the consciousness of rural women and ensure they are well represented,” she said.
Lau congratulated the director-general on his confirmation and prayed that God would help him to do more for women and Nigeria in general.
The National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) has greeted Muslims on the occasion of the 2022 Eid-el-Fitr and called on the Federal Government to address the security challenges bedeviling the nation.
NCWS National President Lami Lau made the call on Monday in a statement issued in Abuja while congratulating Muslim faithful for a successful fasting.
Lau advised Muslims to imbibe the lessons of the fasting while wishing that the Almighty Allah accept their prayers and make them among those who had gained from the event.
She said that the period of fasting meant self denial, adding that prayers were the key for fasting and the reason for the fast as a sacrifice to God.
Lau advised Nigerians and women in particular to embrace the sacrifices for the greater good of their families and the nation at large.
“Our earnest prayer as Nigerian women is for the Federal Government to do all possible to address the security challenges in the country that has hindered development.
“As women, the state of the nation is of great concern to us. Our sons, daughters, husbands and fathers are either being killed, kidnapped every day and we are very pained.
“We pray for the Federal Government and all security agencies that all their efforts will bear fruits,” she said.
Lau also expressed optimism that the affirmative action would be implemented as ruled by the high court.
She advised women to remain relentless in their prayers for Nigeria, especially as the 2023 general polls draw closer.
The National Council of Women's Societies (NCWS) has called on Nigerians to intensify prayers for the country's progress as Christians celebrate Easter.
NCWS National President Hajiya Lami Lau made the call in Abuja in her Easter message to Christians.
According to her, as the world celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the NCWS rejoices with Christians on the occasion.
“The period symbolizes freedom from all forms of defiance and victory over death; hence the need for Nigerian women to continue praying to God to meet the challenges facing the country.
“We need to use this Easter celebration to pray to God.
"I urge you to take advantage of the occasion of the Easter celebration to promote peace, unity and progress, and to imbibe the teachings of Jesus Christ in conduct and relationship with others," he said.
Lau said the period called for sober reflection due to the attacks on some communities.
According to her, Nigeria needs divine intervention.
“As the election approaches, we call on governments to address security challenges and urge all Nigerians to continue to pray for the nation.
"This is what we can do to bring God's attention to Nigeria," he said.
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Ms Aisha Buhari
The president's wife, Aisha Buhari, has called for unity among women to end all forms of gender inequalities and prejudice against women.
Buhari said this at the women's town hall meeting themed: "Women Together: Setting the Agenda: Changing the Narrative" in Abuja on Tuesday.
Represented by Al-Makura, wife of the former governor of Nasarawa state, Buhari described women as “critical components in national and global development that needed unity to achieve desired goals.
"Unity among women is key to breaking down the barriers of gender exclusivity."
Ms. Lami Lau, President of the National Council of Women's Societies (NCWS), reiterated the need for women to support each other to achieve gender inclusion.
Lau said that women must play a critical role in achieving the sustainable development goals.
She added that “just like men, women have a critical role to play in sustainable development. Having more women in politics and government is a fundamental step towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The NCWS president said it was paramount to acknowledge the fact that women's rights are human rights.
She condemned the National Assembly's rejection of Gender Bills (NASS), saying “it was a deliberate marginalization of women.
“On Tuesday March 1, Nigerians and indeed the entire world received a shocking news from the Nigerian parliament with the blatant total rejection of the five gender bills that were submitted for consideration as part of the ongoing efforts to amend the 1999 Constitution.
"The representatives' move confirms the marginalization of women, as we seem to be constantly reminded at every turn that we live in a man's world."
She said that it was ideal for women to speak with one voice in confronting discriminatory realities against women.
He hailed “the courage of the Nigerian judiciary for upholding 35 percent affirmative action for women in all political considerations.
“April 6 ruling, which grants Nigerian women 35 percent affirmative action in all government appointments, I must pause at this point to salute the judiciary for taking the bold step to address structural bias and systemic against women.
Lau described the trial as a victory for Nigeria as it goes against the natural order to continue to marginalize half of the country's population.
He called on the current and subsequent administrations to respect the Court Order and ensure a balanced government system for national development.
Dr. Asabe Vilita-Bashir, Director General of the National Center for Women's Development, highlighted the need for Nigerian women to drive action for the implementation of the recent ruling.
She charged women to leave no stone unturned to update the National Gender Agenda.
He called for effective participation to develop a strategic roadmap for the implementation of the National Gender Agenda and National Sustainable Development.
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