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Foundation celebrates Women’s Day in Abuja

Mrs. Jumai Ahmadu, President of the foundation, disclosed this to journalists over the weekend, as part of activities marking this year Women’s Day celebration in…

Mrs. Jumai Ahmadu, President of the foundation, disclosed this to journalists over the weekend, as part of activities marking this year Women’s Day celebration in Abuja, stressing that the women have performed creditably well that they deserved equal percentage with their male counterparts.  
According to the foundation, the call for 50 percent affirmative action was hinged on the performance of women folks in President Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet, stressing that there is need to upscale the percentage from 35 to 50.   
She noted with satisfaction the achievements recorded in the aviation industry during the tenure of Mrs. Stella Odua as Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Finance Minister, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide as State Minister for FCT among others as a factor that prompted the foundation to advocate for 50 percent affirmative action.
  “Despite the political intrigues that removed Mrs. Stella Odua as Minister of Aviation, we observed that there are major improvements in the nation’s airports during her tenure. Nevertheless, other female ministers still serving in President Jonathan’s administration have not done badly when compared to their male counterparts. We in the FCT have seen the tremendous work in the satellite towns and the social housing scheme for the poor under the FCT Minister of State, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide.   
Mrs. Ahmadu also called for the involvement of women in rural agriculture, noting that such move by various tiers of government would go a long way of boosting food production in the country.   
According to her, “Women especially widows and those orphaned by HIV/AIDs should be encouraged by government at all levels to go into farming. I mean, government should support this vulnerable group with soft loan, farm implements to boost their food production. If these steps are taken by various tiers of government, Nigeria will achieve greater height in food production.” 

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