Akwa Ibom partner of the FG for the development of women

Akwa Ibom’s government has said it is committed to timely delivery of development projects that will advance the state and the nation and add value to women’s empowerment.

State Deputy Governor Moses Ekpo said this on Friday as he hosted leaders of the Nigeria for Women Project, a World Bank-backed federal government initiative aimed at empowering women through the country.

Ekpo said the project is a welcome development as women are the foundation of any society, adding that it has become imperative for women to be empowered.

He commended the Federal Government and the Coordinating Ministries for the initiative and pledged the readiness and commitment of the State Government to actualize the project in the State.

Earlier in her remarks, Ruth Peter, the national coordinator of the project, praised the efforts of the Akwa Ibom government to improve the launching of the project in the state.

Peter said the project is made up of three main components – the project committee headed by the deputy state governor as well as the technical and project committees.

She said the successful signing of the state loan and legal agreement with the acquisition of a state office and the recruitment of key personnel is an important milestone.

The coordinator said she was optimistic that Akwa Ibom would catch up with the other states registered in the past three years.

Peter instructed the beneficiaries to use the benefits of the project wisely to improve their standard of living.

She revealed that the project aims to create a future in which Nigerian women are empowered through economically developed and gender responsive programs that will alleviate and eradicate poverty in the country.

“The project will support the growth of women in general to enable them to become economically stable, self-sufficient and help them build social capital to become useful in their homes and in society,” she said.

Peter added that the project aims to empower 54,000 women per state, aged 18 and over, with a particular preference for economically active businesswomen.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigeria for Women Project is a long-term strategic partnership between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the World Bank to support the government’s goal of achieving gender equality.

(NOPE)

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