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-