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President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to keep more women attain leadership positions both at the national and international institutions.
The president stated this at the State House on Friday when he received the National and International Working Groups of the Supporting Advancement of Gender Equity (SAGE) Initiative to commemorate the 2021 International Women’s Day.
According to the statement issued by the spokesperson for the president, Femi Adesina, Buhari applauded women for their contribution in sustaining the socio-economic fabric of the country from national leadership positions to rural communities.
“This administration places a premium on promoting women’s inclusiveness in National Development as we have demonstrated with those holding key portfolios in this administration. They include Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Minister of Women’s Affairs, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Minister of State for Environment,’’ Buhari said.
“Other positions given to women include: Minister of State for Transportation, Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Chair, Federal Character Commission and Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
He further commended the successes of these women and said his government would keep providing the support they need to sustain their success.
“I am very proud of the achievements of my former Minister for Environment and United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, Fatima Mohammed Kyari as the African Union Permanent Observer to the United Nations and the newly elected Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
“We will continue to support them to succeed. And we shall continue to advocate for our women who qualify to lead international fora,’’ the president said.
The president said his administration remains committed to the education of the girl child, in spite of the recent spate of abductions in the northern part of the country.