9 April 2021 By Remi Johnson
The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists NAWOJ, wants the Federal Government to prioritise security of schools across the country.
National President of NAWOJ, Comrade Ladi Bala, made the call in Abuja, during a visit to the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Dame Pauline Tallen.
Comrade Bala who expressed deep concern over cases of abduction of school children in parts of the country, said no nation could attain meaningful development without education.
On the increasing number of out of school children in Nigeria, Comrade Bala hinted that NAWOJ had drawn up programmes and activities in line with the Association’s mandate towards carrying out advocacies on issues affecting women, girls and children.
She however solicited the support of Ministry of Women Affairs towards implementing these plans.
Comrade Bala also lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing women into key positions and called for more appointments into Boards of Commissions and Parastatals to meet the 35 per cent benchmark of Affirmative Action.
According to her;” NAWOJ is proud to associate with the numerous achievements that had been recorded by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development under the watch of Dame Pauline Tallen”
Responding, the Minister for Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, assured that the Ministry would partner the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) in key areas to create a healthier and better society for women and children.
Dame Tallen identified the key areas of collaboration to include girl-child education, gender based violence, and women participation in politics, noting that her Ministry’s mandates and that of NAWOJ were similar.
Dame Tallen therefore encouraged women groups in the country to speak out against the rising cases of gender based violence and other ills being perpetrated against women and girls.
While calling for effective representation of women in politics, Dame Tallen also stressed the need to raise the bar for women who are into small scale businesses to enable them support their families.
Her words: “empowering a woman has a multiplier effect. It’s empowering the family and society at large…We must educate the public…” She said.