By Dorcas Jonah
Abuja, Oct. 19, 2019 National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) in collaboration with FCDA and dRPC-PAS has concluded plans to honour female ministers appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari administration on Monday in Abuja.
The National President of NCWS, Mrs Gloria Shoda, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja,said that the council would also honour female National Assembly legislators.
According to her, NCWS wishes to celebrate, honour and recognise the remarkable contributions women have made to nation building in spite of the daunting challenges they might have faced.
” A critical study of the women of substance revealed that they have excelled in their various fields of endeavor because of their diligence, hardwork, determination, commitment, and patriotism.
“For this reason, NCWS is collaborating with FCDA and dRPC-PAS to honour seven female ministers, six female Senators and female House of Representatives.
Shoda said that the event would hold on Oct. 21 at the International Conference Centre, ICC. Abuja.
She said that resource persons had been invited to speak on the theme: “Mentorship; A Panacea for Capacity Building of Women In Politics and Governance ”
‘Though, the number of women in politics and governance, at the state and national level in this dispensation falls short of our expectation, we are determine to encourage our fellow women,” she said
The NCWS boss described women, either elected or appointed to serve, as torch bearers to others.
“It is our sincere hope that the award will spur them to greater heights and enable to work assiduously to change the narrative in the next political dispensation”.
Ministers to be honoured include: Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen and Mnister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Hajia Sadiya Umar-Farouk,
Others are: Minister of State for FCT, Dr Rahmatu Aliyu, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajiya Maryam Katagun. Minister of State for Transport, Sen Gbemisola Saraki and Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazu,
The female Senators are: Sen. Eyakenyi Etim, Sen. Stella Oduah, Sen. Uche Lilian Ekwunife, Sen. Oko Rose Okoji, Sen. Remi Tinubu, Sen. Apiafi Jocelyn and Sen. Aishatu Dahiru
Female House of Representatives membera are: Rep.Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Rep.Khadijah Bukar. Rep.Aishatu Dukku, Rep.Lynda Ikpeazu, Rep Beni Lar and Rep Blessing Onuh.
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The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) will, on Oct. 21, honour female ministers and National Assembly members to serve as motivation for other female politicians across the country.
This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the NCWS Chairperson, Media Sub-committee, Dr Jumai Ahmadu.
Ahmadu quoted the National President, Dr Gloria Shoda, as saying that seven female ministers, six female senators and 22 female members of the House of Representatives would be honoured.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the female ministers include Dr Rahmatu Tijjani Aliyu, FCT (State); Hajia Sadiya Umar-Farouk, Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and Hajiya Maryam Katagun, Industry, Trade and Investment (State).
Others are Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, Transport (State), Sharon Ikeazu, Environment (State), Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, Finance, Budget and National Planning and Dame Pauline Tallen, Women Affairs and Social Development.
Also, the female senators to be honoured are Stella Oduah and Uche Ekwunife, both representing Anambra, Oluremi Tinubu and Binta Garba, among others.
Ahmadu, who said that the programme would hold at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, added that resource persons had been invited to speak on the theme “Mentorship: A Panacea for Capacity Building for Women in Politics and Governance”.
“Though, the number of women in politics and governance, both at the state and national levels in this dispensation, falls short of our expectation, we are determined to encourage our fellow women who are either elected or appointed to serve as torch bearers to others.
“It is our sincere hope that the award will spur them into greater heights and make them to work assiduously to change the narrative in the next political dispensation,” she said. (NAN)
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as the date to honour tseven female ministers, six female senators and 22 female members of the House of Representatives.
She revealed that resource persons had been invited to speak on the theme: “Mentorship: A Panacea for Capacity Building of Women In Politics and Governance”, at the event slated to hold at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja.
“Though the number of women in politics and governance, both at the state and national levels, falls short of our expectation, we are determined to encourage our fellow women, who are either elected or appointed, to serve as torch bearers to others.
“It is our sincere hope that the award will spur them to work assiduously to change the narrative in the next political dispensation,” she said. (NAN)
Edited by Olabisi Akinbode and Ephraims Sheyin
The National Council of Women Society (NCWS), has called on governments at all levels to make achievable, policies that would propel the nation’s growth and development.
The NCWS President, Mrs. Gloria Shoda, made the call in a message made available to the Nigeria News Agency , on Monday in Abuja.
Shoda stressed the need for more development, in spite of some laudable achievements in some areas.
“We call on governments at all level to make achievable policies that will put Nigeria in the comity of developed and prosperous nations.
”We are not yet there. We need to improve on all sectors of the economy and ensure that things are functioning well and that women are properly taken into consideration
”We have very daunting challenges ahead which require sacrifices in nation building, commitment and selflessness, which have somehow eluded us.
“We need to restore infrastructure, create jobs and provide ways and means for creating wealth for the citizenry.”
She particularly emphasised the need to improve the security of the nation so as to free Nigerians from kidnappers, robbers, killers and corrupt elements.
“Kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry, money laundering, internet fraud, various forms of scams must be vigorously fought.
“We must have timeline for stopping these scourges,” she said.
Shoda lamented that women were usually worst hit where there was strife, insecurity and other vices, urging the government and the people to bring an end to the vices.
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The National Council for Women’s Societies (NCWS) has appealed to the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to create a gender desk that will collate information specifically targeted at womens’ empowerment.
The National President of the council, Mrs Gloria Shoda, made the appeal when members of the council visited the acting Registrar of CAC, Ms Azuka Azinge in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to her, the desk will aid in raising awareness and educate women on the benefits of formalising their small businesses and all opportunities available in registering such ventures with CAC.
gender desk in CAC will help to collate information specifically targeted at women’s empowerment. Research shows that women outnumber men in business start-ups.
However, there are structural obstacles which women face in the society in general, such as gender discrimination in access to opportunities for expansion, skill-acquisition, training and credit facilities.”
hoda added that the NCWS had the capacity to reach out and educate women, especially in rural areas on what CAC had to offer in terms of business and enterprise environment that would be beneficial to the women.
stressed the need for unemployed persons, especially women, to venture into business enterprises, as well as register with CAC to enable them to have access to loans, grants and other benefits that would aid their businesses.
herefore, the growth and expansion of the Small and Medium-scale Enterprises (SMEs) sector, as well as the importance of registering a business name cannot be over-emphasised for the womenfolk.
The benefits are immense, including having access to grants, credit facilities and benefitting from government-backed schemes, exhibitions, training initiatives.”
The council president then commended CAC for reducing the fees for business name registration by 50 per cent for a period of two months and appealed to the commission to extend the grace period to enable women, especially in rural areas, to benefit from it.
NCWS that the agency would continue to support and encourage the growth of businesses and provide enabling environment for them to thrive.
zinge assured that the commission would look into the issue of extending business name registration to enable women, especially in rural areas to benefit from the cost reduction of business names registration.
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The National Council for Women Societies, (NCWS) has called for fair and credible governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states, come Nov. 16.
The National President of NCWS, Dr Gloria Shoda, made the call in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
Shoda also appealed for a level playing ground for all candidates to ensure peaceful elections.
“We encourage all Bayelsa and Kogi indigenes and residents of voting age to turn out and vote enmasse for the candidates of their choice on Saturday.
”As we encourage people to turn out, the security agencies must also protect the electorate, especially the vulnerable like women, the aged and people living with disabilities,’’ she said.
Shoda also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other relevant agencies to ensure that vote buying and any other form inducement of voters are discouraged.
The NCWC president, however, urged women to be gender sensitive in their support for candidates during and after the elections.
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The National Council for Women’s Societies (NCWS), has concluded plans to host the second edition of National Unity Food Fair in collaboration with Travel Marketing Partners to promote Nigerian cuisine.
The President of NCWS, Dr Gloria Shoda, who made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja, that the event was aimed at promoting Nigerian cuisine to tackle the perennial food shortage in some parts of the country.
The event tagged: “From subsistence farming to mechanisation at the grassroots’’, will hold from Oct. 15 to Oct. 17.
The event, which will hold at the M&M Event Centre, Abuja, would coincide with the World Food Day Celebration.
Nigeria News Agency reports that World Food Day is celebrated annually on Oct. 16 to highlight the importance of food to humanity and fight hunger and poverty.
reports that World Food Day is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger.
”The annual event is where people from around the country and the entire world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate worldwide hunger from our lifetime.’’
Shoda said that the unity food fair was the council’s way of adding its voice to the promotion of worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.
According to her, the programme is designed to bring their focus to the fact that food is a basic and fundamental human right.
”Yet, in a world of billions over 820 million people worldwide are suffering from chronic undernourishment, 60 per cent women and almost five million children under the age of five die of malnutrition related causes every day.
”Therefore, the council is urging all hands to be on deck to ensure food sustainability by 2030,” she said.
Shoda said that the 36 States of the federation and FCT as well as private sector players in the food industry would showcase their products and services.
She said that relevant ministries and agencies of the Federal Government would equally be part of the fair.
“This event was conceived to enhance the present administration’s efforts toward food self-sufficiency and diversification of the economy.
“Some of the objectives of the fair include promotion of popular Nigerian dishes from various sections of the country, to encourage culinary exchanges among Nigeria ethnic groups for national integration; to educate Nigeria families on balance diet and good eating habits.
“Others are to identify and empower women with talents for Nigeria cuisine; to use this platform to generate, demand, enhance and increase employment among women,” she said.
Shoda said that the unity food fair would boost government’s National Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and complement government’s efforts in the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) will henceforth inaugurate men as members, the National President, Dr Gloria Shoda, said.
Shoda made this known during the 2019 election of officials of NCWS, FCT Chapter, held in Abuja on Thursday.
She said the association inaugurated Mr Joshua Kaura, a former director with the Area Councils Secretariat, as member; adding that more men would be screened and inaugurated as honorary members.
“He is the first man to become our member, without these men there is little we can do because we are gender friendly.
She, however, said the men would only be honorary members and were not allowed to contest positions such as national, state and local government presidents.
According to her, the inauguration of men as honorary members is in recognition and appreciation of their outstanding support to women in their various offices, homes and the society.
“These are men that have women at heart; they want our development and our progress and want to see women do better because women are working hard.
The President also added that more people would be selected as advocates and ambassadors to boost and assist the association achieve its mandate.
Ag. Secretary, Social Development Secretariat, Hajiya Sefiya Umar, represented by the Director, Gender Department, Mrs Agnes Utah-Hart, stressed the need for women to come together so they could overcome their challenges.
“I will like to advise women to work as a team; be focused to achieve more than the previous administration. We encourage them to synergise more so that the FCT will be a reference point, a model for others.
“They are part and parcel of the national secretariat that has the mandate tackle issues as they relate to gender, women and the vulnerable.
“We need to work together for humanity,’’ Umar said.Edited by Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
By Dorcas Jonah
Abuja, Feb. 2019 (NNN) The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) on Saturday called on women and youths to remain resolute and determined to fulfill their civic rights on Feb. 23.
Mrs Gloria Shoda, the President of NCWS, who made the call in a statement in Abuja, said that the postponement was not in the best interest of the nation.
“I call on women to be patient and peaceful following the postponement of the 2019 Presidential Elections.
”I call on all our women and youths, especially the NCWS observers and others that have spent money and risked their lives to travel to different parts of the country to observe or cast their votes to be resolute and more determined to fulfill their civic rights whenever INEC is ready.
”We must all make the sacrifice to save our democracy. Our PVCs determine the future of our children and our dear country,’’ she said.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) early hours of Feb. 16, announced the postponement of the presidential and national assembly elections to Feb. 23. (NNN)
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By Ahmed Abba
Damaturu, Jan. 28, 2019 (NNN) The National Council of Women Society (NCWS) Yobe branch, on Monday in Damaturu bestowed “Heroes’ Award” on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.
Presenting the award, Chairperson of the council, Hajiya Halima Joda, said that the gesture was in recognition of the courageous and exemplary leadership by the COAS since his assumption of office.
She said the contributions of the Nigerian Army cannot be over-emphasized, especially in the areas of protection of lives and property.
She therefore commended Buratai for his exemplary stewardship, which should be appreciated by all.
Receiving the award on behalf of the COAS, the Acting Commander, Sector 2 Operation ‘Lafiya Dole’, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Dala, appreciated members of the organization for their gesture.
He said that the award would serve as morale booster to officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army who are currently making enormous sacrifice to ensure that peace reigned in the country.
Dala presented sewing and grinding machines to members of NCWS , and urged them to give same to less privileged women and widows. (NNN)