PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has been commended for his efforts aimed at promoting the welfare of Nigerian women.
The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, who said this during the launch of her book titled, ‘Goodluck Ebele Jonathan: Champion For Women,’ stated that in the last two years, Jonathan has appointed women into over 30 per cent of the top positions in government, and also put in place programmes to help some of the country’s poorest women.
She disclosed that the president has fulfilled his promise in the area of empowering, protecting and creating more opportunities for women, which according to her, includes the recent directive to appoint more women to the boards of Federal parastatals.
Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke
The book, ‘Champion For Women’ examines some of the many accomplishments of Jonathan and his administration, aside from celebrating the growing power and opportunities for Nigeria’s women.
Commenting on the book, Allison-Madueke said, “President Jonathan’s campaign commitments included empowering, protecting and creating more opportunities for women, adding that for the first time in Nigeria over 30 per cent of political appointments were given to women.”
According to her, women are critical to the achievement of Nigeria’s leadership quest in Africa and this presidency has acted along this line of thinking.
She said, “This is, indeed, not just historic, but something special in the history of Nigeria. Half the world’s population is female, but the international average of women in elected office is only around 20 per cent.”Kings Communication