Jonathan make good on his promise

Jonathan make good on promise as Consul Dele Momoh from the Nigeria Consulate, Atlanta, GA celebrates with 38 Nigerian Honor roll students who graduated today at the University of Alabama under the Niger Delta Amnesty Program.

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Awakening Agriculture Production

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By Dr. Akinwumi Adesina is Nigeria’s Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Ladies and gentlemen, nothing is more important than food. A nation that does not feed itself becomes a threat to its own sovereign existence. Growing our own food, processing what we produce, becoming competitive in export markets, and creating jobs all across our economy, are crucial for our national security.
Nigeria was food self-sufficient in the 1960s and was well known for its global position in major agricultural commodities. We found oil and became too dependent on it. Nigeria soon became a net food-importing nation, spending on average $11 billion on importing wheat, rice, sugar and fish alone.

Diamonds may last forever, but oil does not. The future trajectory of earnings from crude oil does not look good, as other nations are finding shale oil and shale gas. We must free ourselves from dependency on crude oil. Agriculture is the sector where we have the greatest potential to achieve this – and now is the time.

Nigeria has immense agricultural potential. We have 84 million hectares of arable land but only cultivate 40%. We have 263 billion cubic meters of water – with two of the largest rivers in Africa. We have a cheap labor force to support agricultural intensification. Our population of 167 million makes us a huge market. But we must not be the market for others. We must grow our own food. We must feed ourselves. We must create markets locally for our own farmers. Charity begins at home.

While our potential is great, no one eats potential. To unlock the potential of agriculture to once again drive the economy, we embarked on a major transformation of the agricultural sector. We are doing this through the rapid transformation of key agricultural value chains – from the farm to the table. We are treating agriculture as a moneymaking business and not as a charitable development project.

President Jonathan launched the Agricultural Transformation Agenda in 2011, with the goal of adding an additional 20 million MT of food to the domestic food supply by 2015 and stimulating the creation of 3.5 million jobs along the agricultural value chains. We are working to create ecosystems in which small, medium, and large-scale farming not only co-exist but also flourish. We are focusing on creating value added products from staple crops – through an aggressive import substitution program and other policy reforms to accelerate food production and agricultural resilience.

Let me share with you a few of our policy reforms. The backbone of any agricultural revolution is access of farmers to modern agricultural inputs, especially fertilizers and seeds. For decades, successive governments in Nigeria procured and distributed fertilizers. This system was corrupt and undermined the private sector. It did not deliver fertilizers to genuine farmers. Instead, rich and powerful political farmers hijacked the subsidized fertilizers. As a result, no more than 11% of all the farmers in the country got the fertilizers distributed by the government.

Corruption was insipient, as sand was mixed with fertilizers and sold to government, payments were made for fertilizer not supplied, and subsidized fertilizers were resold back to government, with a lot more sold off to the neighboring countries.

To put it bluntly: Nigeria’s government was not subsidizing farmers; instead it was subsidizing corruption. Farmers’ powerlessness worsened as high quality seeds and fertilizers they needed to raise their farm productivity were taken over by the elite, the rich and politically powerful. For the few fortunate farmers that got fertilizers, they often got them in bowls, like beggars. Farmers lost dignity.

But we have changed all that and so much has been achieved. Within the first 90 days of my term as Minister, we ended four decades of fertilizer sector corruption. We launched the Growth Enhancement Scheme – GES – to provide subsidized inputs to farmers. To reach farmers directly with seeds and fertilizers, we developed the Electronic Wallet System, which allows farmers to receive subsidized electronic vouchers for their seeds and fertilizers on their mobile phones. Nigeria is the first country in Africa – possibly in the world – to develop the electronic wallet system for targeting farmers with subsidized farm inputs.

The system worked successfully. In 2012, 1.5 million smallholder farmers got their subsidized seeds and fertilizers using their mobile phones. This had an impact on 7.5 million persons. So far this year, over 3.5 million farmers have received their subsidized inputs via the Electronic Wallet Scheme. We have expanded the GES program beyond crops to provide support for fisheries, livestock and mechanization services. To reach even more farmers, we embarked on the nation’s first ever registration of farmers. This year, we registered 10 million farmers. Farmers now have identity cards that allow us to use their biometric information to target them more effectively.

African countries, as well as Brazil, India and China, have expressed interest in adopting the electronic wallet system for reaching their own farmers with subsidized farm inputs. Nigeria is now exporting transparency. Indeed, this is a new dawn. Our agriculture has moved into the 21st century.

Nigeria is the largest importer of rice in the world. That is a not a gold medal to be proud of. We embarked on a major effort to extricate Nigeria from decades of dependency on rice imports. To achieve this, we set a target of being self sufficient in rice by 2015. This is not a mirage. We are well on our way to achieving this goal. In one dry season last year, Nigeria produced over one million MT of rice paddy – one third of the additional rice paddy needed to become self sufficient in rice. Farmers across ten states of northern Nigeria had never witnessed such massive rice production. The villages boomed with economic activity, in the midst of the dry season when the youth would normally fold their hands with not much to do. As trailers could not make their ways into the rice farms, villagers even devised new means of transport, using camels to haul the bountiful harvest to the markets.

Large-scale commercial rice producers are also expanding the production of rice locally. Dominion Farms has invested $40 million in a commercial rice farm. Olam, another private firm, has expanded its rice cultivation by 10,000 ha, in response to the policy incentives by our government. Fourteen large-scale integrated rice mills were established by the private sector in just two years, producing international quality long-grained parboiled rice. Well-packaged, long grained parboiled local rice is now on the market. It is tastier and healthier than the 15 year-old imported rice dumped on the Nigerian market. The jinx has been broken. We will soon be free from rice imports!

To reduce our almost $ 4 billion import bill on wheat annually, we embarked on the cassava flour substitution policy to replace some of the wheat flour used in bread and confectionaries. Today, several of the major Nigerian bakers have shifted to the incorporation of 20% high quality cassava flour in producing bread. As the commercialization of cassava bread reaches its peak, it will reduce our wheat import bill by at least almost $800 million and put this money back in the pockets of Nigerian farmers, processors and bakers. To accelerate the production of high quality cassava flour, the government is supporting the private sector to access cheap financing to import and establish 18 large-scale cassava-processing plants. To further scale up nation wide production and commercialization of cassava bread, President Jonathan established a $60 million cassava-bread fund.

The whole cassava value chain is being transformed. In Kogi State, about 15,000 ha is being developed by Cargill to produce cassava starch and reduce our imports of starch. In Kwara State, the Flour Mills of Nigeria has come in to establish plants to turn cassava starch into sweeteners to reduce sugar imports. Nigeria has secured a total of 3.2 million MT of cassava chips for export to China. When concluded, this will earn farmers and processors over $800 million.

A silent revolution is also happening now for wheat. We have released new tropical wheat varieties that are heat tolerant, which give yields of 5-6 tons per ha – 500-600% more than the yields obtained previously by farmers. Over the next two years, over 450,000 ha will be planted under these new wheat varieties across the wheat growing belt of northern Nigeria. We plan to produce at least 2.5 million MT of wheat. We will reduce wheat imports by 50% by 2015. And what a relief that will be.

We are changing the narrative in our horticultural sector. Nigeria is the second largest producer of citrus in the world, but we import orange juice. We are the largest producer of pineapples and mangoes in Africa, but we import concentrates from South Africa. We are the largest producer of tomatoes, but we import tomato paste. That is now changing. Teragro, a local private firm, has established a $ 6 million plant to process oranges into concentrate. Dansa Foods, another local private firm, is investing $35 million in the establishment of a tomato processing plant. The company is also investing $45 million to set up a 6,000 ha pineapple plantation and processing plant. To develop the export market for fresh produce from Nigeria into Europe, a fresh produce value chain development program has been launched in partnership with the Ministry of Aviation. We are building cargo airports to enhance our competitiveness in the export of fresh produce.

We are restoring Nigeria’s lost glory in palm oil production. We are recapitalizing our plantations by providing 9 million high yielding improved seedlings of oil palm to smallholder farmers and plantation estates in the country – free of charge. Private sector investments are expanding with new palm oil processing plants.

In cocoa, our target is to double production by 2015. The world cocoa industry has already taken notice of the giant strides we have made. We distributed 3.5 million pods of high yielding cocoa hybrids to smallholder farmers – all free of charge – in addition to support for production inputs. Last year our smallholder cocoa farmers earned $900 million in foreign exchange. The private sector has expanded its processing capacity for value addition to cocoa beans. Really, we should be making chocolates in Africa.
We are transforming our livestock sector. Our Halal-certified beef with cold chain logistic systems is now poised to go international. We are also working to make Nigeria self-sufficient in fish production within four years, by encouraging aquaculture, inland fisheries and marine fisheries.

To further build the resilience of our food system, we completed a total of 10 new silos for strategic food reserves within one year, expanding our silo capacity by 400%. These silos are now being provided under concessions to the private sector, for the establishment of world-class agricultural commodity exchanges.
We are driving a public sector enabled and private sector led agricultural transformation. In the past 24 months, we have attracted $ 4 billion in executed letters of intent for investments. Development financing institutions, including the World Bank, African Development Bank and International Fund for Agricultural Development are putting in about 2 billion dollars in support of our agricultural transformation.

The impact of the agricultural transformation agenda has been huge for Nigeria. In just one year, we have already produced an additional 9 million MT of food. At the same time, our food imports declined by $5.3 billion. Over 2.7 million farm-jobs were created – 77 % of our overall target.

And just this year, the FAO recognized Nigeria for outstanding achievement in reducing the number of people suffering from chronic hunger.

Agriculture has become the new buzz in Nigeria. Young graduates are moving into agriculture as a business. Just last week, President Jonathan launched the Youth Employment in Agriculture Program (YEAP) to create a new generation of young commercial farmers and agriculture entrepreneurs (“Nagropreneurs”). The program will develop a total of 760,000 ‘Nagropreneurs’ within five years. Today, bankers are leaving the banks and heading for agriculture. The new millionaires of Nigeria will be in agriculture. It is a new dawn.

The journey to make Nigeria a global powerhouse in food is still ongoing. But the results we have achieved in two years make me confident that we will get there. For agriculture was Nigeria’s past and in agriculture – as a business – lies Nigeria’s greater future!

Consular members and member of the Diplomatic Corps meets in GA

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Consular members and member of the Diplomatic Corps meets in GA to establish its first Organization of African and Caribbean Consular Corps of Georgia. The meeting was hosted by Amb. Geoffery Teneilabe, Amb./Consulate of Nigeria, Atl and Hon. Cynthia Lynn Blandford, Honorary Consulate General Republic of Liberia on March 24, 2015. In attendance were all Consular members and member of the Diplomatic Corps in the metro Atlanta region and the State of Georgia representing the sovereign African and Caribbean States.

According to Hon. Cynthia Lynn Blandford, the purpose of the Organization is to promote the unity and solidarity of African and Caribbean States in the United States of America to achieve a better life for the people of Africa and the Caribbean, support African and Caribbean Diaspora in terms of trade and economic development, promote educational, cultural, scientific and humanitarian cooperation as well as political and diplomatic cooperation between African and Caribbean States and the United States of America. Membership is open to Sovereign African or Caribbean State through their Diplomatic and Consular representatives.

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The 15th Annual Nigeria Oil & Gas holds in Abuja

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The annual Nigeria Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition, under the auspices of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources & NNPC, took place from 16 – 19 March 2015 in Abuja, Nigeria. The conference provided a platform for the Nigerian oil and gas industry to discuss and debate the most pressing issues facing the industry as well as share successes and network with industry peers.

The distinguished speaker line-up included senior representatives from government, new and existing MDs of the international oil companies operating in Nigeria, independent oil companies, international and indigenous services companies, financiers and lawyers who were able to address the delegates, voicing the different perspectives of the industry.

The Nigeria Oil & Gas Exhibition welcomed over 6500 visitors visiting over 250 exhibiting companies, of which 85% were indigenous. The NOG exhibitors were able to showcase the latest technologies, products and services to current and potential business partners to secure deals and drive business forward.

 2015 Key Decision Makers Included:

H.E. Diezani Alison-MaduekeHonourable Minister of Petroleum ResourcesFederal Republic of Nigeria
H.E. (Prof) Chinedu O NeboHonourable Minister of PowerFederal Republic of Nigeria
Joseph Thlama DawhaGroup Managing DirectorNNPC
George OsahonDirectorDepartment of Petroleum Resources
Jonathan Kwame OkehsGroup General ManagerNational Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS)

Markus DrollVice President, Nigeria & GabonShell Upstream International Operated
Wale TinubuGroup Chief ExecutiveOando Plc
Babs OmotowaManaging Director

Boko Haram crisis: Nigerian abductees reunited with families

A group of 158 women and children abducted by Boko Haram militants in north-eastern Nigeria in December have been reunited with their families. They were kidnapped during a raid on Katarko village in Yobe state and spent about a month in captivity.

The circumstances of their release are unclear but they were eventually handed over to the state authorities for counselling and rehabilitation.Officials said the reunion in the state capital, Damaturu, was jubilant. In April last year, the Islamist insurgents caused worldwide outrage when they kidnapped more than 200 girls from a boarding school in Chibok in Borno state, which borders Yobe.The schoolgirls have yet to be rescued despite military assistance from countries such as China, France, the UK and the US.

Of the 158 people reunited with their families, 62 were married women and the rest were children, Musa Idi Jidawa, the secretary of Yobe’s State Emergency Management Agency (Sema), told the BBC.He said husbands of 16 of the women had been killed by Boko Haram during the attack.

Muhammdu Katarko said he was very happy to see his two daughters at the reunion on Thursday.”I had given up when they were kidnapped; my hope was to see even their dead bodies,” he told the BBC Hausa service. “But fortunately I have now seen them alive, health and hearty.” One of the abductees, who requested anonymity, told reporters in Damaturu that they were treated humanely by the militants.

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The Chibok girls’ abduction sparked a social media campaign calling for more to be done to rescue them. She said the insurgents did not rape or abuse the women during their stay. The BBC’s Ishaq Khalid reporting from neighbouring Bauchi state says there were conflicting accounts about how the abductees gained their freedom. Some reports suggested the insurgents released them voluntarily and took them to the outskirts of Damaturu, he says.

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But Mr Jidawa said the militants had come under attack from the security forces and they had run away, leaving behind their captives. The reunited families will stay in Damaturu until it is safe to return to their village, which is still occupied by Boko Haram fighters and is in an area where the military is carrying out operations.

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Pres. Jonathan Inaugurates 4 Nigerian Navy Ship

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President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday in Lagos assured Nigerians of routing the Boko Haram sect as he inaugurated four of the Nigerian Navy Ships (NNS). “Let me use this platform to promise my Nigeria country men and women that we will rout Boko Haram,’’ Jonathan said at the Naval Dockyard Ltd in Victoria Island venue of the inauguration. “Our capacity has increased sufficiently and our officers and men are doing wonderfully well in the north and we must conduct our elections as scheduled by INEC. “I commend the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Usman Jibrin, Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh and other service chiefs, officers and ratings who have made this inauguration possible.” Jonathan, who said crude oil theft had reduced, added that he was delighted to witness the inauguration of the four new ships that were added to the Nigerian Navy fleet. “As the lead maritime security agency, therefore, the NN deserves all the support it needs to effectively carry out its statutory roles. “The four ships being inaugurated today are part of a total of eight ships that are expected to be commissioned into the NN fleet in 2015,” he said.

The president said the inauguration gave him the opportunity to once again reaffirm his confidence in the competence and commitment of the officers and ratings in the Nigerian Navy. After inaugurating the ships, Jonathan proceeded into NNS Centenary, alongside senior officers, ministers, Oba of Lagos and some members of the Navy Officers Wives Association (NOWA) for inspection. In his speech, Jibrin also said the Nigerian Navy would not have achieved the meaningful progress it had made in its fleet re-capitalisation effort without the active support of the Federal Government. He thanked the president for his resolve to emplace strong and a virile Navy capable of protecting Nigeria’s maritime interest against all forms of threat. NAN reports that the ships; NNS Centenary, NNS Prosperity, NNS Okpabana and NNS Sagbama were handed over to their commanding officers. Jibrin handed over the ships to Capt. CD Okehie, Capt. MY Abba, Capt. AM Ibrahim and Capt. BK Effiong respectively.

According to the CNS, NNS Okpabana is to be enrolled in the NN as a frigate with capabilities for long endurance patrol of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). “The NNS Centenary’s main mission will include maritime surveillance, EEZ, patrol and response task and protection of offshore resources and infrastructure. “The Centenary is to also provide aid to civil authority when call upon to do so in period such as civil unrest and natural disaster among others. “NNS Sagbama is a river town patrol vessel, while NNS Prosperity is to be enrolled into the NN as a training ship for junior officers and ratings,” he said. The dignitaries present were Minister of Defence, Aliyu Gusau, Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah, Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh and Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu, Others are the Oba of Lagos, Riliwan Akiolu, members of the diplomatic corps, and ministers.

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PANAF’S AFRICA LEADERSHIP LECTURE HOLDS IN PITTSBURGH

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On Friday February 6, 2015,  The Pan African Graduate and Professional Student Union at the University of Pittsburg held its first Africa Leadership Lecture series at the O’Hara Student Ballroom (4024 O’Hara St., Pittsburgh).

The event started with a tour of the Brother’s Brother Foundation facility. Welcome remarks were made by Dr. Alberta M. Sbragia, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies. The keynote address was delivered by Amb. Geoffrey Teneilabe, Amb./Consul General of Nigeria, Atlanta GA, remarks by Hon. Da Silva, Hon. Smith, and Mr Rufus of UAC. Followed by Questions and Answer from audience, including refreshments. For more of Amb. Teneilabe’s Opening Remarks, click here

The closing remarks and presentation of certificates of appreciation was presented by Dr. Macrina Lelei, Director of African Studies. The event ended with a round table discussion, and a dinner reception with leaders of the African Community, and the PANAF e-board.

The Africa Leadership Lecture series is an initiative is to bring awareness, and create a dialogue on how to elevate hunger, and poverty in Africa. See video and pics below:

PANAF’S AFRICA LEADERSHIP LECTURE HOLDS IN PITTSBURGH

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On Friday February 6, 2015,  The Pan African Graduate and Professional Student Union at the University of Pittsburg held its first Africa Leadership Lecture series at the O’Hara Student Ballroom (4024 O’Hara St., Pittsburgh).

The event started with a tour of the Brother’s Brother Foundation facility. Welcome remarks were made by Dr. Alberta M. Sbragia, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies. The keynote address was delivered by Amb. Geoffrey Teneilabe, Amb./Consul General of Nigeria, Atlanta GA, remarks by Hon. Da Silva, Hon. Smith, and Mr Rufus of UAC. Followed by Questions and Answer from audience, including refreshments. For more of Amb. Teneilabe’s Opening Remarks, click here

The closing remarks and presentation of certificates of appreciation was presented by Dr. Macrina Lelei, Director of African Studies. The event ended with a round table discussion, and a dinner reception with leaders of the African Community, and the PANAF e-board.

The Africa Leadership Lecture series is an initiative is to bring awareness, and create a dialogue on how to elevate hunger, and poverty in Africa. See video and pics below:

Recap: Obama’s U.S.-Africa Forum Will Catalyze $14 Billion In Business Deals

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“Africa is no longer a sleeping giant but is awake and open for business.” These words from a rising South African leader at last week’s Young African Leaders Summit could not be more accurate: Africa might well be the biggest market opportunity in the global economy today, and U.S. companies cannot afford to miss out.

For decades, the U.S.-Africa economic relationship has too often taken a back seat to other pressing issues and priorities. Yet right now, our commercial partnership—between governments, among businesses, in markets on both sides of the Atlantic—is as important as ever. Strengthening and deepening that pillar of our alliance will prove a net gain for workers, entrepreneurs, and communities in the United States and across Africa.

The continent’s economic potential is enormous. Africa is home to six of the world’s ten fastest-growing economies. Its GDP is expected to rise six percent annually over the next decade. Real income has increased more than 30% over the last 10 years, and many African governments are making investments in infrastructure, education, and health care that are improving millions of lives. Yet investment by U.S. companies in Africa remains too low.

This fact has negative consequences for the U.S. and African economies, and it is one of the reasons that Bloomberg Philanthropies and the U.S. Department of Commerce are co-hosting the first-ever U.S.-Africa Business Forum, as part of President Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit.

The forum is a chance for President Obama and 45 African heads of state to talk directly with CEOs from both sides of the Atlantic, and for businesses to learn more about potential investment opportunities. We came together to host the Business Forum out of a sense of real urgency.

In the years to come, as Africa accounts for an increasing share of the world market, companies that want to remain competitive globally will need to have an African presence. The growing demand for goods and services in Africa can increase U.S. exports and create more jobs here at home, and more trade and investment in Africa will be critical to America’s leadership in the global economy.

At the same time, American companies bring unique experience and expertise that can help African countries meet their development goals. Make no mistake: the U.S.-Africa relationship is a two-way street. America and Africa have a lot to gain through closer economic ties. And to start, we expect today’s forum to serve as a catalyst for more than $14 billion in business deals with benefits that travel in both directions across the Atlantic.

We know what is possible when American companies work hand-in-hand with African counterparts: we can help raise living standards and pave the way for future growth. For example, IBM IBM -0.95% has opened Africa’s first major commercial technology research lab in Kenya to pioneer consumer-facing innovations aimed at African markets. Even a smaller enterprise like Charlotte, North Carolina-based SEWW Energy is leading the way to upgrade Accra’s electricity grid.

We have only begun to scratch the surface, and we are both acting to strengthen this partnership. The Obama Administration’s SelectUSA initiative – the first government-wide effort to attract and retain investment in the United States that is housed at the Commerce Department – works every day to encourage investment by African firms in U.S. communities, which will support and create American jobs.

In May, the Commerce Department led a trade mission to Ghana and Nigeria with 20 U.S. energy companies that want to bring electricity to the 600 million Africans who still lack it. Those investments will improve lives and bring revenue to American companies, while helping create conditions for further investment in Africa.

Bloomberg LP has worked with 15 market exchanges in regions across Africa to make local market data more accessible, reliable, and transparent. This is helping African companies raise money to invest, expand, and create jobs – and helping better connect Africa to the global economy.

Africa’s economic ascent is still just beginning. The U.S.-Africa Business Forum will serve as a reminder that both Africa and America are awake and open for business. And by investing in our partnership, we will invest in prosperity on either side of the Atlantic.

 

WRITTEN BY: Michael Bloomberg and Penny Pritzker

Women receive a place of pride under Jonathan’s administration – Minister

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The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for appointing more women into key positions in his administration. While taking her turn at the 2013 Ministerial Platform, the Minister said 13 women were appointed into the Cabinet as ministers while five others were made special advisers.

This is, apart from the 10 ambassadors, 11 permanent secretaries and 16 women as judges including the Chief Justice of the Federation and other juicy positions. Hajiya Zainab Maina disclosed that efforts are being intensified to ensure the implementation of policies and programmes on the welfare and development of women, children, and persons living with disabilities and the elderly as a strategic tool for development.

According to the Minister, the National Assembly is working on some bills relating to the welfare of women to the elderly in order to make them more comfortable and incorporate them into the mainstream of the society. The Minister said the Ministry of Women Affairs is working with other MDAs like the Ministry of Agriculture, to procure labour-saving farming equipment/implements for women farmers and this will soon be introduced while capital support will be provided to women farmers’ cooperatives and groups, in an effort to enhance their productions and increase farm output.

On Child Rights Acts, the Minister said, the Ministry is making efforts to ensure that the Nigerian child does not suffer any form of injury as the law is being implemented accordingly. Hajiya Zainab Maina, made bold to say that, what President Goodluck Jonathan did for the Nigerian women in just a span of two years, has superseded by far, what other Nigerian leaders did within 98 years of our nation.

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