Monday 26th June, 2017
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Nigeria assures on promotion of gender equality

Nigeria assures on promotion of gender equality

The Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Khadija Bu­kar Abba, has assured of the Federal Government’s commitment to promot­ing gender equality and women empowerment in Nigeria.
The Minister said this during a meeting which was at the instance of the Nigerian side with the Un­der- Secretary General and Executive Director of the UN Women in New York, recently.
She expressed convic­tion that such a course of action would be better achieved through the erad­ication of poverty and the implementation of the ap­propriate economic meas­ures, adding that laudable efforts are being embarked upon in Nigeria to en­sure that the 35 percent threshold of women rep­resentation in elective and appointed positions is achieved.
Speaking on the plight of IDPs in the North East, the minister highlight­ed the programmes put in place by the Nigeria to as­sist victims of Boko Haram insurgency who are largely women and children. She also seized the opportuni­ty to call on the UN to pro­vide additional support to complement Nigeria’s ef­forts in that regard.
Earlier, the Under Sec­retary General, Ms. Phu­mizile Mlambo- Ngeuka, expressed the readiness of the UN Women to work with Nigeria in tackling Boko Haram insurgen­cy and addressing its im­pact on the people. She also commended Nigeria for delivering a reassuring statement during the open debate on women, peace and security.
At least two soldiers were killed and five wound­ed in a suicide car bomb at­tack on Saturday near So­malia’s parliament in the capital Mogadishu, accord­ing to police.
The blast, which target­ed an army convoy near the Sayidka junction check­point, was claimed by the armed group al-

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