National Executive Council, NEC, of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, on Friday in Lafia, Nasarawa State, under the leadership of Mrs. Ifeyinwa Omowole hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing a woman, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, as the Head of Service of the Federation.
NAWOJ also urged other tiers of government to emulate Mr. President’s gesture by appointing more women to serve and contribute their quotas to the development of the country.
The NAWOJ NEC further called for a fair and equal opportunities for women with dual indigenous rights by marriage and called for increased awareness and sensitisation on rising cases of rape by relevant stakeholders, as well as appealed for stiffer punishment for perpetrators.
Also at the NEC meeting, there was awareness and free breast cancer screening exercise for members.
Other activities at the meeting were talks on the importance of health insurance and tips on opportunities which members could use to generate extra income for their families.
According to a communiqué signed by chairperson of the NEC, Mr. Dupe Olaoye-Oshinkolu and sent to Nigerian Pilot yesterday, NEC called for increased advocacy and awareness on the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding and the importance of family planning, so as to reduce the rate of infant and maternal mortality in the country.
It called on the federal government to subsidise the cost of cervical cancer vaccines just like it does for HIV/AIDS Anti Retroviral Therapy, to make the vaccines accessible to all women and reduce the rate of maternal deaths from cervical cancer.
NAWOJ condemned the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers over grazing land which has resulted in loss of lives and property across the country, and appealed to the federal government to find a lasting solution to the issue to promote peaceful coexistence.
It bemoaned the deplorable condition of roads across the country and called on the federal government to reconstruct federal roads to reduce the rate of accidents and related carnage on the roads.
It also called on government to intervene and release of tuition and other allowances to stranded Nigerian students in foreign universities under the federal government’s amnesty programme, as it applauded government’s efforts in the fight against insurgency.

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