As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark this year’s International Women’s Day, Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday commended the contributions of Nigerian women to national development and promised that government would do more to ensure their safety.
He highlighted Federal Government’s intervention programmes aimed at empowering women and assured that the administration was committed to their protection from all forms of violence, especially those living in parts of the country with security challenges.
Osinbajo said government would strive to use its laws, cultural and religious institutions, as well as its resources to empower women, give them opportunity, and protect their rights to a safe, healthy, stable and quality life.
Meanwhile, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, canvassed the inclusion of women in politics and other fields of human endeavour in the country.
Dogara, who spoke as part of activities to celebrate the 2017 International Women’s Day, maintained that women deserve a better deal since they play pivotal roles in the society.
The Speaker maintained that gender should not restrict the dreams and aspirations of millions of women, adding that it behooves the authority not to relent in its effort to ensure promotion of the girl-child education in the polity.
“They are our daughters, and so we all must be bold for change and support the women around us to achieve their goals and maximise their potential and talents. A status quo that relegates women to the background is unhealthy for national development