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Women are core part of nation-building, says President-elect

By Tina Abeku and Ernest Nzor, Abuja
17 May 2023   |   4:56 am
The President-elect, Bola Tinubu, yesterday, promised women’s full participation in government under his administration.

Pic.12From left: Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen; Chairman of National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, retired Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Marwa; Author of the book ‘101 Nigerian Women of Impact, Zainab Marwa; representative of the President-Elect, Dr Betty Edu; Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno State, during the presentation of the book in Abuja on Tuesday (16/5/23).01644/16/5/2023/Johnson Udeani/NAN

Assures them of inclusion in govt

The President-elect, Bola Tinubu, yesterday, promised women’s full participation in government under his administration.

He stated this in Abuja during the launch of a book authored by Zainab Marwa, which showcases the inspiring stories of women who have excelled in their fields.

Tinubu, who was represented by the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Women Leader, Dr. Betta Edu, said: “Women are a core part of nation-building. They have paid the ultimate price in Nigeria for development, peace and unity of this country.

“However, women remain the unsung heroes in Nigeria and I think this is an opportunity for a woman to really bring to the front-burner the great work other women have done within the last seven years.

In her remarks, Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, urged governors to engage more women in governance for meaningful development in their states.

The book reviewer, Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the President, Femi Adesina, said the book is a journey through the lives of women who have found themselves in positions to make impact.

Chairman of the event, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, said: “We are here to draw the attention of nation to expanding the scope of possibilities with women in different areas when we provide the environment for them to try.

Also, the author said she was inspired to write the book to celebrate the incredible achievements of Nigerian women who had made significant contributions to various sectors of society.

She said: “All the women’s in this book, no matter how old or young, no matter how rich or poor and no matter the access that they have, to the media and to the table of power, all of them have been very impactful in their own ways.

“Not all of them are the wives of Governors, Ministers or heads of MDS. But I assure you that every single woman in the book ‘101 Nigerian women of impact’ had impact in her immediate surroundings.”

The book was unveiled by Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (rtd), and others in commemoration of International Women’s Day.

In attendance were the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ọjájá II, and Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar among others.