Nigerian women in positions of authority have been enjoined to shun practices that would ridicule the image of women.
Wife of the president, Hajiya Aisha Muhammadu Buhari gave the charge yesterday at the induction and unveiling ceremony of her portrait in the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame held at the National Centre for Women Development in Abuja.
Mrs. Buhari, who was represented by wife of Secretary to the Federal Government, Mrs. Alimanda Lawal at the occasion, assured women in the country that the present administration was determined to engender positive change in the socio-economic and political life of women in Nigeria.
She therefore urged the women of substance to strive to achieve honest, outstanding performance directed at realising this objective by shunning practices inimical to the development of women.
The president’s wife, who described the unveiling as an honour and symbol of peace, progress and prosperity of Nigerian women, expressed gratitude to the centre and the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in recording achievements of Nigerian women in line with objectives and vision of the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame as established.
Also speaking, Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Jummai Alhassan said the occasion depicted a milestone achievement in the struggle for self actualisation by Nigerian women.
“The steady advancement of women in contributing to the nation’s socio-economic development and their progressive prominence in the national scheme of affairs as captured and documented in the Hall of Fame.”
Alhassan, who spoke through her special adviser, Engr. Abubakar Gambo Umar, said the national centre had moved ahead to gain a pride of place in the country, as it had amongst other achievements graduated 2,525 young Nigerians in the last year in vocations that include fashion designing, interior and outdoor decoration, bread and cake making, soap and garment making, cosmetology and beauty therapy, beads and jewellery making, hospitality and tourism, as well as catering.
She called on the federal government to improve funding for the Centre for Women Development to enhance its activities.

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