The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists NAWOJ, wants the Federal Government to prioritise security of school environment across the country.
National President of NAWOJ, Comrade Ladi Bala, made the call in Abuja, during a courtesy visit on the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen.
Comrade Bala who expressed deep concern over cases of abduction of school children by insurgents in parts of the country, said no nation could attain meaningful development without education.
While expressing concern over the increasing number of out of school children in Nigeria, Comrade Bala hinted that the National Secretariat of NAWOJ has drawn up programmes and activities around the key components of the Association’s mandate towards carrying out advocacies on some key issues affecting women, girls and children.
She however solicited the support of Ministry of Women Affairs towards implementing these plans.
Comrade Bala lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing women into key positions, and called for more appointment of women into Boards of Commissions and Parastatals to meet up the 35 per cent benchmark of Affirmative Action.
According to her; ” NAWOJ is proud to associate itself with the numerous achievements that have 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 her Ministry would partner the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) on key areas to create a healthier and better society for women and children.
She identified the key areas of collaboration as the girl-child education, gender based violence, and women participation in politics, noting that her Ministry’s mandates and that of NAWOJ are similar.
The Minister 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, Tallen stressed the need to raise the bar for women who are into small scale businesses towards ensuring that they supported, trained to enable them support their families.
“Empowering a woman has a multiplier effect. It’s empowering the family and society at large…We must educate the public.” The Minister said.