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The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) has stressed the need for Nigeria to have more women in leadership positions and the country’s management affairs to achieve sustainable development and economic growth.

The body stated this while commemorating the International Women’s Day, yesterday, with the theme, ‘Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change.’

Its Lagos Office Director, Ronald Kayanja, said government needs to make decisions and create policies that would empower women in leadership positions for its economy to move forward, adding that though the world is currently male-dominated, certain countries have leveraged on gender equality in their governments to make progress, citing Ethiopia, Rwanda, Egypt and the UN Secretary General’s current management team that have substantial number of women in their cabinets.

“A woman in position of authority will realise that the country needs to engage certain things that will promote growth and development. It is natural for the women to know that certain things can be solved, those neglected by the men. So, we need more women in leadership and the country’s management affairs, and that is what will lead us to sustainable development and economic growth,” Kayanja added

Also speaking, President of Joan Agha Foundation, Joan Agha, while presenting a paper, titled, ‘Innovative Ways of Gender Equality: The Opportunities and Challenges in Nigeria,’ lamented that the indices of inequality in Nigeria was alarming and do not speak well of the country.

While lamenting the gap in inequality at all levels in the country, Agha said the percentage of women employees, as at 2017 was 38.16 per cent for both senior and junior positions, while that of men was 68.84 per cent for both subgroups.

She maintained that in the federal ministries department and agencies, men dominated the civil service, as women on grade level One to 17, plus the special grade level was below 42 per cent.

According to her, findings revealed that male constitutes 84.71 per cent and female 5.76 per cent at the National Assembly, while at federal courts, 29.38 per cent of Judges were female and 70.62 per cent male.

Also, state assemblies had 5.29 per cent females and 94.71 per cent males. At the local government level, female chairpersons had nine per cent and male 91 per cent, while councilors constituted 5.9 per cent of female, as against 94.1 per cent males.

These figures, she said, would continue to limit women’s economic opportunities and the nations Gross Domestic Product (GDP), stating the European Union (EU) report that gender equality would generate up to 10.5 million additional jobs by 2050 and employment rate would reach almost 80 per cent.

She said the GDP per capita would positively be affected and could increase up to nearly 10 per cent, urging the Nigerian government to implement policies and measures that would make the country part of the statistics given by the EU.


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