President Muhammadu Buhari said his administration will continue to guarantee the economic rights of women by increasing budgetary allocation to projects specifically targeted at improving their lives.
Speaking at the 26th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union on Saturday in Addis Ababa, President Buhari said the federal government under his watch has demonstrated its commitment to the rights of women by appointing those of proven integrity to key positions within the cabinet.
“We have increased the budgetary allocation of ministries that have direct bearing on the lives of women particularly health and education, with greater emphasis on girl-child education.
“As you all know, the terrible activities of the Boko Haram sect led to the destruction of thousands of lives and property in the North Eastern part of Nigeria, displacing millions from their respective homes, most of whom are women and children and are now at various IDP camps across the country.
“In order to fully restore and protect their rights, government is in the process of massive rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement of the affected victims with the ultimate goal of restoring normalcy to that region, as well as improving the well-being of affected persons,’’ the president said.
President Buhari welcomed the AU’s decision to declare the year 2016 as the “The Year of Human Rights in Africa with Special focus on the Rights of Women”.
He said Nigeria has amply demonstrated its commitment to issues relating to the rights of women by upholding several human rights treaties and conventions specifically targeted at them.
“In guaranteeing the economic rights of women, the federal government is embarking on massive employment programmes that will promote Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, SMEs, in order to provide succour to women and youths,’’ he said.
Buhari also congratulated President Idris Deby of Chad on his election and assumption of office as the Chairperson of the African Union for 2016.
“No doubt, the appointment is a clear attestation of the confidence reposed in him to steer the ship of our continental organisation at this time, by colleague heads of state and government,’’ he said.

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  • vic

    all those women funds going into the account of tinubu’s wife account. this is buhari’s big financial scandal to compensate tinubu for buhari’s election support.

    these are new set of looters hiding behind buhari and buhari is aiding fraud and corruption among his party members.