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Lagos outlines plans to empower women

17 September 2015, 08:54Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Lagos State Government has pledged to pursue programmes and policies that would promote self-reliance among women.

This would be attained especially through the provision of financial facilities and capacity building. 

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode made the pledge at the opening ceremony of the 2015 National Women Conference, organised by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO).

He said the state government in recognition of its female population of over 11 million had continued to increase budgetary provision for women through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

Ambode added that his administration would continue in this line and create more platforms for women engagement.

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He added that his administration will establish more skill acquisition centres to equip women to take charge of their destiny and show their relevance in the present economic turbulence. 

He said the creation of our new Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment was to complement the achievements already made by the Ministry of Women Affairs and poverty Alleviation (WAPA).

"This administration is committed more than ever before to uphold the rule of law and ensure that the law against domestic violence and abuse including rape against our teenage girls are brought to the fore," said Ambode.

He said his government had embarked on a five-year maternal mortality rate reduction programme and an integrated maternal new born and child health strategy.

This is part of efforts to revitalize the public healthcare system with a view to providing free maternal healthcare in all the communities in the state. 

“We believe strongly that our women must be encouraged and properly enabled so that our nation can benefit more from their immense potential," Ambode said.

- CAJ News


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