by Citizens Platform
President Goodluck Jonathan said on Friday in Abuja that women were pivotal to the future development of the country.
The president made the remark when he received the “Lifetime Icon Award’’ for women’s rights from the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) at a dinner on Thursday that ran into the early hours of Friday.
The dinner was organised to round off a rally on National Women’s Day for Peace organised by the council.
The President said Nigerian women play visible roles in today’s democratic dispensation, ensuring that democracy, not only strives but that value is added to the lives of our people.
Jonathan said that the Nigerian woman was not only an important part of the country’s history, but a pivot of future development as a nation.
The President said, “I strongly believe that we cannot accomplish the goals of our transformation agenda, if women, comprising about 50 per cent of our population, are not truly integrated into our developmental efforts and programmes.”
He pledged his continuous support for women and the use of their expertise should the need arose.
“This administration on its part has served ample notice that it will take every measure necessary that will bring on board the resources that women have to offer.
“Our track record in this regard is very clear. As an ardent supporter and promoter of women empowerment, I accept with appreciation the Lifetime Icon Award that has been bestowed on me today, “he said.
Source: Citizens Platform
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