Women Affairs Minister Calls For Enforcement Of Child’s Right Act In Nasarawa

Aisha Alhassan, Child's Right Act, Nasarawa Minister Of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan, has called for the enforcement of the child’s right act and domestication of Violence Against Persons Prohibition (Act) in Nasarawa state.

She made the call when she visited Governor Tanko Al Makura, at the council chambers of the government house in Lafia, the state capital.

Alhassan who was on an advocacy visit, called on the governor to enforce the child’s right act which has been domesticated in the state since 2005, noting that the law is already being implemented in 20 states of federation.

“I call on you to please through your different agencies, be serious on the implementation of the child’s right act. People do things and get away with it. We have to protect our children” she said.

She also appealed to the governor to act fast in domesticating the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (Act), which was passed by the National Assembly last year as well as urging them to initiate a women development centre in the state.

She however praised the women empowerment initiative by the federal government, which had Nasarawa among the eight pilot states to benefit from it.

Aisha Alhassan, Child's Right Act, Nasarawa“I am here again to bring the good news of one programme that Nigerian women have never had, it is the provision of micro loans to women” she noted.

The governor then assured Alhassan meaning of complaint of swift response to the complaints.

In his words, “your coming has given us more boost, I assure you that one of the souvenirs we will give you in Nasarawa state will come only a few months after when we get this bill enacted by the state House of Assembly”.

Furthermore, he promised to compliment the efforts of the federal government in improving the welfare of women and children in his domain.

“Starting from January next year, it will be in our budget to consider empowerment programme for women and children” he said.

Mr Al makura stressed that the focus of his administration would be on improving the welfare of women and children especially those at the nooks and crannies.

FG To Establish National Women Empowerment Fund

Youth, Women Empowerment, Skill Acquisition Programs The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced plans to establish a National Women Empowerment Fund (NAWEF) and Government Enterprise And Empowerment Programme (GEEP)

The Minister Of Women Affairs And Social Development, Mrs Aisha Alhassan, announced the plan at the graduation ceremony for a Skill Acquisition Programme held in Maiduguri the Borno State capital in the northeast.

According to her, the Federal Government is committed to transforming the lives of women and youths in Nigeria

The Skill Acquisition And Vocational Training Programme, was initiated by the National President of the Nigerian Air-force Officers Wives Association, Mrs Hafsat Abubakar.

Mrs Alhassan appealed to women-focussed organisations to partner with the Federal Government in providing skills that would make more Nigerians self-reliant.

The training commenced on May 16, with 155 participants and among them were 80 youths and 75 women.

It seemed to be a happy moment as graduates of the NAFOWA vocational and Skill Acquisition Programme converged to mark the end of their training.

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development also announced the government’s plan to establish social protection programmes.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar, also urged the women and youths to be constructively engaged in the programmes, in order to promote peace and stability.

The NAFOWA Skill Acquisition And Vocational Training Programme, was initiated by the National President of NAFOWA, Mrs Hafsat Abubakar.

One of the aims of establishing the programme is to assist the youth as well as widows who had lost their breadwinners to insurgents in the northeast.

The Minister of Women Affairs presented certificates to the graduates while some of them expressed their gratitude to the government for the initiative.

2015 International Women’s Day Focuses On Women Empowerment, Service To Humanity

womenMore emphasis have been laid on the need for Women Empowerment and Service to Humanity, as the world marks the 2015 International Women’s Day.

Globally, March 8 has been set aside to celebrate women who have contributed to the development of the world as well as serve as a reminder to government to canvass for policies that would advance the course of women.

This year’s celebration, with the theme, Women Empowerment, Service to Humanity has drawn so many reactions from people as governments across the globe try bridge the gap that exists in making the women folk bring their expertise to the fore.

Nigerian woman started striving for empowerment with little or no support from relevant authorities in 1995 in Beijing, China when thousands of women across the globe gathered to seek the protection of the rights of women and inclusion in socio-economic development.

Twenty years later, the day is still being celebrated globally to awaken the consciousness of those in authority to up their games in championing their course.

Efforts by government in Nigeria to ensure the inclusion of women in governance is said to have yielded success with about 35 per cent of women occupying key positions in various Ministries,department and Agencies, leaving the men folk vying for more positions in politics.

Besides active involvement in politics,the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development,Mrs Zainab Maina, sort the passage of bills that would protect the Nigerian women.

According to experts, closing the gaps that exist in making women bring their potentials to the fore also begins with a commitment to improving budgetary allocations for issues that affect women.

With more than 70 per cent of the nations women still living with rural areas and unable to get medical, educational or economic empowerment, many said that harnessing the potentials of women should be seen as a top priority at the Global,National and Local levels.

In Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, the Bring Back Our Girls campaigners dedicated the 2015 International Women’s Day to the 219 schoolgirls abducted from their school’s dormitory in Chibok, Borno State, by members of a terrorist group, the Boko Haram.

The girls were abducted on April 14, 2014 and have not been rescued.

At its meeting in Abuja on Sunday, the group members expressed concerns that two weeks into the six weeks heightened counter-terrorism operation to tackle insurgency in the north-east, the government had not offered any status update on efforts specific to the rescue of the 219 Chibok girls.

Ministry Of Women Affairs Conducts National Prayers For Chibok Girls

Chibok-girlsThe Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Zainab Maina, has appealed to Nigerians not to relent in their prayers for the release of abducted school girls from Chibok, in Borno State.

Speaking at a special prayer organised for the release of the girls, Miss Maina also appealed for the support of Nigerians in the fight against terrorism.

“Securing the nation is the duty of all,” she said.

The programme, was neither a church service, nor a Jummat prayer but an interfaith service organised to pray for the safe return of girls abducted 51 days ago.

Clergy men and school children, who were also in attendance, also prayed for the release of the girls from their captors.

With the call by eminent people around the world for the safe return of the abducted girls, it is expected that security agencies will step up the search for the girls who were abducted from their school more than 51 days ago.

Meanwhile, a pressure group based in Abuja on Wednesday cancelled its regular sit-outs following a reported ban on protests in the Federal Capital Territory, ordered by the Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu.

The group has gone ahead to sue the Commissioner, a case which will be heard on Thursday.