The second Women’s Empowerment Summit ended Thursday, May 11 in Kaduna, North Central Nigeria with the formation of 8 syndicate groups onAgriculture, Commerce,Education,Health, Land and Rural Development,Social Development,Governance and Peace.
The Peace Syndicate members will be inaugurated as Peace Ambassadors of Kaduna State.
The theme of the summit “Enabling Access and Participation; Linking Women to Resources”, was designed to create a platform to strategize for better connection among/with women with a view to ensuring that gender equity and social inclusion are understood and integrated into all affairs of government and the community .
The Summit also sought to sensitize and inform women, youth and the less privileged on State Government programmes and plans for them.
Declaring the Summit opened, Governor Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State pledged to appoint more women into his government, saying that his administration appreciates the important role women play in the development of the state.
Nasir El-Rufai commended the Ministry of Women for organising the summit and promised to support its women and girl-child initiatives in the state. He also said his administration is committed to creating more opportunities for women through its policies .
According to him, the government places high priority on girl-child education and has made education not only free, but compulsory.
He also challenged participants at the summit to draw a clear road map tasking the Government to support women in the State.
The State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hafsat Baba explained that the summit began in 2015 with Gender and Business (GAB) Platform and that this year’s edition is organised to explore knowledge,information, technology and social linkages to enable women participate as full and informed players in the business environment .
She stated thatthrough the interactions people can “better understand the issues,think together and jointly proffer solutions to issues of mutual concern.”
According to her, the State Executive Council approved the appointmentof Gender Focal Persons to ensure the inclusion of indicators and budgets that are responsive to women, girls, persons with disabilities and the poor. She commended the Gender Focal Persons for working tirelessly to ensure the success of the programme.
Hafsat Baba also expressed gratitude for the support of Governor Nasir El-Rufai and his wife HadizaIsma El-Rufai. And, totheir development partnersfor the technical support.
HadizaIsma El-Rufai, the wife of the Governor of Kaduna State and others received awards of recognition for their “invaluable contribution to promotion and development of girl-child education as well as women empowerment.”
The Kaduna State government has 3 women commissioners, and, the Head of Service of the State is also a woman.
Veronica Ogbole / Nigeria