Experts seek appointment of women into boards
Experts have advocated for more women appointments into corporate boards, arguing that having women in such high places would promote gender equality and economic wellbeing.They also said it is in line with the agenda of the present administration and the realisation of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal (SGD) 5.
The experts argued that women’s presence in corporate boards of organisations would further spur the growth of such organisations with a positive impact on both the economic and social wellbeing of the country.
Speaking at a session on gender equality and female empowerment at a forum recently, the President/Chief Executive of Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote, represented by the Managing Director of the Aliko Dangote Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou, acknowledged the vital roles played by women at the topmost levels of the Group, which have contributed to the rapid growth and expansion of the conglomerate across Africa.
“There is still a lot of work to be done to achieve gender equity in the work place but I am proud of the progress that we are making in Nigeria and in Africa. There is proven positive relationship between female empowerment and overall development. An empowered woman has a healthier educated and prosperous household.
“I personally understand the value of women and the power of having them involved in all aspects of business, including the Boardroom. They are critical to the success of businesses,” he said.
The session speakers that included Justice Anyanwu-Ndukwe, Sen. Betty Apiafi, and Dr. Akiyode, also called for empowerment of the vulnerable groups of the society especially women and girl-child in the rural areas of the country, tackling inequality within the system backed by legislative processes, and focus on security, poverty reduction and improved health, all of which affect women in Nigeria.