President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday, maintained that his government will continue to guarantee the economic rights of women in the country.
The president made this public at the 26th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he gave an assurance of increased budgetary allocation to projects specifically targeted at improving the lives of women.
The president said, “We have increased the budgetary allocation of ministries that have direct bearing on the lives of women, particularly health and education, with greater emphasis on girl-child education.
“As you all know, the terrible activities of the Boko Haram sect led to the destruction of thousands of lives and property in the North Eastern part of Nigeria, displacing millions from their respective homes, most of whom are women and children and are now at various IDP camps across the country.
“In order to fully restore and protect their rights, the government is in the process of massive rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement of the affected victims in the North Eastern part of the country with the ultimate goal of restoring normalcy in full to that region, as well as improving the wellbeing of the affected persons.
“In guaranteeing the economic rights of women, the Federal Government of Nigeria is embarking on massive employment programmes that will promote Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs), in order to provide succour to our teeming women and youth populations.”