FG Launches “Nigeria for Women Project” in Ogun
The “Nigeria for Women Project” has been flagged off in Ogun State as part of the federal government’s efforts to improve the social and economic status of women in the country.
The official launch of the project in Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital also featured the upscaling of the state government’s economic empowerment programme for women tagged, “Okò’wò Dapọ” and the signing of the Executive Bill for 35% Women Inclusion in Government by Governor Dapo Abiodun.
Addressing the people, the Chief of Staff to President Muhamadu Buhari, Professor Ibrahim Gambari expressed optimism that Nigeria would soon become one of the leading promoters of gender equality in the global community.
Professor Gambari who noted that women remained an indispensable part of humanity, said the successful implementation of the women empowerment project would enable the present administration to overcome insecurity, unemployment and other challenges confronting the country.
In a remark, the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen said over 260 million naira had been disbursed to more than 2000 women across Ogun State.
Mrs Tallen then urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the grant to grow their businesses.
While flagging off the programme and signing the executive bill, Governor Dapo Abiodun explained that the empowerment programme was targeted at alleviating poverty and increasing the prosperity of women.
Governor Abiodun said the choice of Ogun State as one of the six states in each of the six geo-political zones of the country for the implementation of the Nigeria for Women Project was commendable.
The governor pointed out that the Federal Government’s scheme was in tandem with his administration’s programme on women empowerment.