Federal Government says it will continue to encourage, strengthen and promote activities that would enhance the livelihood and well-being of rural women in South-West of Nigeria, as their contribution towards the development of the society cannot be over-emphasized.
The Minister, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, stated this during the Income Support and Livelihood Programme for Rural Women, organised by Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, held in Abeokuta, saying rural women were vulnerable group with peculiar challenges, which directly affect their quality of life.
The Minister, represented by the Senior Social Welfare Officer in the Ministry, Mrs. Hannat Lawal, said the forum became imperative, as it was observed that in many developing counties, necessary support and care of the rural and urban communities had continued to decline, resulting in severe socio-economic crisis.
She however noted that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s paramount objective was to ensure better life for them, calling on the society, religious groups, government at all levels and individuals to assist rural women have access to loan, in order to enhance their productivity in farm work and food processing.
In her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr. Ranti Oladeinde, appreciated Federal Government for organising the platform, aimed at reducing poverty level of rural women and improve their standard of living through vocational skill acquisition.
She said government was ready to support women to be self-sufficient and self-reliant, adding that the State Government has empowered both youths and women through various empowerment programmes, such as micro credit scheme, mobile skill acquisition programme, in which over ten thousand youths and women have benefitted, thereby reducing unemployment rate, as well as improve the standard of living of its citizens.
Kemi Peters & Tayo Olusanya,
Press Officers, Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Devt.