President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded women for the invaluable roles they play in building and keeping homes and their immense contributions in the development of public and private sectors.
Noting how the election season has once again highlighted the importance of women in the country, he reiterated the commitment of his government to work with women across boards, as exemplified with the female leadership of some of the most important policies and programs.
Read the full statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Friday:
President Muhammadu Buhari celebrates womenfolk on the occasion of the International Women’s Day.
He pays tribute to them for the invaluable roles they play in building homes, and by extension, the nation, just as he applauds their lofty contributions in both the public and private sectors of national life.
“This election season we are in has brought out in bold relief once again the crucial role women play in our lives as a people. They have stood up to be counted as aspirants, candidates, mobilizers, and voters. Indeed, what can we ever do without our women in all phases of our lives,” the President says.
He recalls diverse positions being held by women as Ministers, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, chief executives of agencies, permanent secretaries, directors-general, special advisers, senior special assistants, special assistants, and many others, and reiterates that things can only get better at the Next Level.
“Hand in hand with our women, we will build the country of our dreams, where there will be equal opportunity for all,” the President says.
The fact that some of government’s most important policies and programmes like straightening of the hitherto dysfunctional pensions system, Africa’s largest Social Investment Programme (SIP), diaspora engagements, energy solutions, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ports authority, foods and drugs administration and control, debt management, prohibition of trafficking in persons, and many others, are headed by women, President Buhari notes, is indicative of the worth and value the government places on them.
“On a day like this, I hereby extol and appreciate them, on behalf of all other Nigerians,” the President affirms.
International Women’s Day is designed to celebrate the potential, progress, and accomplishments of women, and to highlight the utmost importance of creating a world that presents equal opportunities for women and men.
Theme for this year’s celebration is Balance For Better.