President Muhammadu Buhari has given the assurance that his Government would appoint more than 35 per cent of women into governance.
Acccording to him, inclusion of more women into political positions would ratchet up national development.
Buhari gave this promise when a group of women led by the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Pauline Tallen, paid him a courtesy call in State House Abuja.
He also promised them that his Government would put an end to child marriage and improve girl-child education.
Buhari also said that women have important roles to play in the overall development of Nigeria.
He said: “I truly understand that when equity becomes the guiding principle and women hold strategic leadership positions both in government and the private sector, not only will our development be accelerated, but also the diversity and richness in the quality of our policy design, engagement and execution will be improved.
“I want to reassure you that this administration remains resolute to not only meet the 35 per cent National Gender Policy, but to exceed it across key decision making roles in government.”
“The ongoing constitutional review processes at all levels institutionalise accountability mechanisms and frameworks in the implementation of the National Gender Policy and the use of gender-disaggregated data for planning,” he added.
Buhari also explained how the First Lady and his wife, Aisha campaigned vigorously to mobilize to voters to vote for him in the 2015 presidential election.
He added that “this administration is a beneficiary of the strong support of Nigerian women and I truly thank you all for the display of resilience throughout our journey.”