President Goodluck Jonathan has backed up his pledge to remain gender friendly with action by launching the G-Win project, a Federal Government programme aimed at empowering women and girls across the country.
The project has international recognition from both the African Development Bank and the World Bank
Speaking at the launch of the project in Abuja, President Jonathan said: “Women and men must together move our society forward and any society that tries to sideline women or don’t maximize the values we have in our women, of course, you were reducing their chances of growth.”
Also speaking at then event was the Minister of State for Agriculture, Ms. Asaba Ahmed, who posited thus: “We selected value chains with import substitution values and then we focused on processing, on training and beyond training we provided starter packs”
Minister of Finance and coordinating Minister of the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who also spoke, said the Federal Government was adopting a peculiar budgetary approach to execute the project.
She said: “When girls and women are economically empowered, infant mortality declines, agricultural productivity rises, population growth is moderated, cycles of poverty are broken and economies expand and grow.”