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Ministry restates commitment to policies promoting women, vulnerable groups

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The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs (FMoWA) on Monday restated their commitment towards implementation of policies that would promote women, children and vulnerable groups.

The Permanent Secretary, FMoWA, Alhaji Aliyu Shehu-Shinkafi stated this during the technical session of the 22nd regular National Council on Women Affairs (NCWA) in Abuja.

The theme for the session is “Gender Inclusivity and Women Economic Empowerment: Making the Change Work for Women and Children.’’

Shehu-Shinkafi said the session would provide a platform for deliberation on matters affecting women, children and the other vulnerable groups for informed decision making.

“This session is strategically designed as a formative ground for us to critically examine the various policy initiatives and programmes hitherto submitted for council’s consideration.

“We should note that we are charged with enormous responsibilities of ensuring that only relevant policies and programmes that would enhance sustainable economic development of our clientele in particular, and the nation in general are projected.

“We will also at this meeting review the status of implementation of actions; present and past.

“Also, we will review challenges and lessons learnt from activities implemented and discuss way forward to ensure we achieve set targets upholding best practices,’’ he said.

The Permanent Secretary added that 154 memoranda were received for consideration from the 36 states, FCT and other Ministries Department and Agencies (MDAs).

“Through our interactions, discussions and generation of necessary information on these memoranda and other topical national issues at this session we will guide the council to initiate and implement far-reaching policies.

“The policies are for institutional strengthening, effective and efficient implementation of our mandate,’’ he said.

Shehu-Shinkafi, therefore, encouraged the delegates representing all the states, MDAs and the FCT to arrive at a vigorous resolution for the benefit of all Nigerians.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 4-day meeting would have various memo presentation and paper presentation on Inclusivity and Women Economic Empowerment: Making the Change Work for Women and Children.

Others are; Women in Commerce, Trade and Investment Imperative for Economic Development; Child Development, Opportunity for Faster Demographic Transition in Nigeria amongst others.

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