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made bold to say that, what President Goodluck Jonathan did for the Nigerian women in just a span of two years, has superseded by far, what other Nigerian leaders did within 98 years of our nation.

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