President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the achievements of Nigerian women in all facets of life.
But the President noted that the nation’s women were under-represented in the political space.
In his message on the celebration of this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) through a statement in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President lauded women’s contributions to every facet of life, not just in Nigeria, but across the world.
The statement said: “President Muhammadu Buhari joins Nigerian women in celebrating the International Women’s Day (IWD), observed on March 8, recognising the invaluable role women have played in advancing the progress of the country since independence.
“The President salutes the hard work and dedication of Nigerian women working tirelessly and achieving results in different fields of endeavor, from those sacrificing daily in the markets and farms to train the next generation of leaders, to those breaking limits in education, sports, medical field, arts, entertainment and even in politics, where they are still largely under-represented.
“The President is proud to have worked and associated with some of Nigeria’s brightest women in his Cabinet, government and the international community.
“He thanks the amazons who have served meritoriously as partners in the progress witnessed on the political, economic and social fronts…”
Also, the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN) has reiterated its commitment to equity for Women in Advertising (WIA) and celebrating their contributions to the growth of the advertising industry in Nigeria.
In a statement by its Chairman, Mrs. Biodun Adefila, WIA said the vision for body is to transform female practitioners into outstanding leaders who can contribute broadly to their firm’s success and provide mentoring and professional guidance.
AAAN’s Publicity Secretary Mrs. Tope Jemerigbe said the association remained committed to gender equity, development, and celebration of achievements of women in the industry.
Also, the Founder of Women Foundation for Nation Building (WINBAFRICA), Dr. Bukola Jaiyesimi, has urged women not to lose focus on opportunities that transcend gender equality.
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In a statement to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day, Jaiyesimi said it was imperative for government, social entrepreneurs and businesses to collaborate with women to open new vistas of cooperation, access, growth and development.
The theme for this year’s celebration is: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality.
She said it was important to remember the strength women possessed to build institutions that would create a better world.
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