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Women Affairs Ministry partners IoD on leadership forum 2017


Sen. Aisha Alhassan

Sen. Aisha Alhassan

The Minister of Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Jummai Al-hassan has commended the laudable efforts of the Institute of Directors Nigeria (IoD Nigeria) on various national women development programmes, which she said was in line with the Federal Government’s commitment to Public Private Partnerships for mobilising new leadership and generating greater service to the Nigerian people at various levels and sectors of society.

Senator Al-hassan gave the commendation recently while welcoming the President and Members of the Governing Council of IoD-Nigeria who were on a courtesy visit to her in Abuja in connection with the ministry’s cooperation in co-hosting of the year 2017 Biennial National Women Directors’ and Leaders’ Summit (WODILS) in Abuja, FCT.
WODILS is a larger gathering of corporate women in Nigeria, and will be co-hosted once every two years in Abuja.  The first is scheduled to hold at the Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotels, Abuja, FCT in April 2017.  The central theme of the summit is: Women as change agents for true national development.
According to a press release signed by the Institute’s Associate Director for Corporate Communications and Operations, Mr. Segun Dipe, WODILS is conceived as a platform where all sectors – public, private and not-for-profit – would come together under the common vision of dramatically expanding women’s economic opportunities in Nigeria through exchanges of working solutions and creative strategies forged by women leaders in different walks of life. It is an empowerment summit, whose essential focus is the advancement of Nigerian women.

While making a formal presentation to the Honourable Minister, the President and Chairman of the Governing Council of IoD-Nigeria, Mr. Samuel Yemi Akeju, expressed the Institute’s appreciation for the laudable vision of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration on women development nationwide and the commitment of the Honourable Minister Alhassan towards transforming the status of women in Nigeria through various initiatives of the ministry in the past one year. These he said, encouraged the Institute’s resolve to partner with the ministry to expand the unique resources and offerings of IoD’s global network for the benefit of Women Directors’ and Leaders across Nigeria.
Akeju confirmed that IoD Nigeria had consistently provided special programmes on women empowerment and development to play key leadership roles in our nation like their counterparts in other nations of the world, recalling that IoD had earlier held Women Directors’ Annual Forum in Lagos on Thursday, April 14, 2016, which focused more on professionals, with impressive participation by a cross section of women directors and leaders in the business community.

The minister assured the delegation from IoD Nigeria of the ministry’s commitment to partner with the Institute being a highly reputable national organisation pursuing some of the key inspirations of change which the current Federal Government is established on, and which continues to project high values of proper leadership, transparency and accountability.

She further encouraged the Institute to ensure that the leadership development programs for women are not restricted to urban areas alone but should be extended across the various zones and sections of the nation, to ensure that women leaders in all parts of the country benefit from the schemes.

In its response, the IoD team confirmed that the approved central organising committee of the summit comprising Directors from the Ministry, the IoD-Nigeria and representatives of other stakeholders would roll out a master programme across the nation to ensure an event that is second to none in leadership inspiration and empowerment schemes for women leaders in Nigeria.

“We are strategically positioning the summit as a platform for various international organizations and agencies interested in reaching out to women leaders and those with great potentials for leadership to connect reliably and effectively in Nigeria.”
The WODILS is structured to be the major and most important open window for women in Nigeria to be hosted once every two years in Abuja, while the corporate forum will be hosted in the year between the biennial summits. The Participants at the summits will be mainly self sponsored and accredited female leaders in business, politics, culture and not-for-profit sectors (NFPS) from across the country. The summit is specially projected to bring together over five hundred (500) women leaders from across the 36 states and FCT.
Attendance will feature also professional women, public office holders in Nigeria while the opening and closing ceremonies will host both Mr. President Muhammadu Buhari and the first lady, Hajiya Aisha Buhari supported by other wives of State Governors across Nigeria. Details of the programme and other unique offerings will be released after the CoC inaugural meeting holding on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.


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