The Federal Government says it will continue to give priority to programmes that will empower women to contribute to national economic development.
The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen stated this at the STEAM Flagship Entrepreneurship and Life Skills Graduation in Abuja.
Tallen who described Nigerian women as intelligent and industrious said the present administration had already put in place various skills acquisition and empowerment programmes aimed at making women self reliant.
While commending the empowerment programmes for women, the Minister called for the support of other stakeholders towards reducing poverty and unemployment among Nigerian women.
In a remark, the United Nations Population Fund , UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Natalia Kanem called for measures that would put an end to gender based violence in the country.
She said women have a greater role to play in ensuring a better and productive society.
The Executive Director stated that UNFPA would continue to provide necessary support to Nigerian women to enable them achieve their desired dreams.
Earlier, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lelook Bags Academy, Chref Mrs Chinwe Ezenwa said the six months training for the beneficiaries is her dream to give young people a headstart in life skills development through bags making techniques towards ensuring self reliant.
Chief Mrs Ezenwa therefore reiterated her commitment towards effective and productive empowerment scheme for Nigerian youths and women.
She emphasized the need for Government at all levels to redouble their efforts on women empowerment programmes to ensure the betterment of the society.
Some of the beneficiaries of the entrepreneurship life skills course commended the organizer for the programme.
They also called for more women empowerment programmes that would make women contribute their quota to national economic development.
Highlights of the ceremony were the presentation of certificates and start up packs to the beneficiaries.