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L-R: Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Ambassador Gabriel Aduda and Acting Deputy Country Representative of UN Women, Zephania Aura during a work visit to the Ministry in Abuja on Wednesday


In a concerted effort to bolster women entrepreneurship across the nation, the Federal Government is joining forces with UN Women to implement Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) initiatives, specifically focusing on Affirmative Procurement Reforms.

The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Ambassador Gabriel Aduda, made this announcement during a meeting with a delegation from UN Women at his office in Abuja on Wednesday.

This is as the Permanent Secretary, whilst commending the UN Women for their unwavering support in advancing female entrepreneurship in Nigeria, announced ongoing plans for a National Policy Dialogue on the initiative to sensitize key stakeholders and the public on the benefits of Gender Responsive Procurement to the country’s economic development.

In a statement by the Head, Information and Public Relations, Mrs. Grace Njoku, the Permanent Secretary highlighted the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in Nigeria, emphasizing limited access to capital, knowledge of available support systems, and intricate procurement processes among the key obstacles hindering their progress.

Ambassador Aduda stressed the vital importance of prioritizing women’s economic empowerment, asserting that it not only unlocks their full potential but also fosters active participation in nation-building while fortifying them against marginalization.

The Affirmative Procurement Project, he explained, aims to dismantle barriers and address structural challenges impeding the growth and development of women entrepreneurs.

“The overarching objective is to prioritize women in procurement initiatives in Nigeria, thereby strengthening their economic foundations to enable meaningful contributions not only to their families’ well-being but also to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), aligning with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the current administration,” he emphasized.

To ensure the realization of this objective, Ambassador Aduda revealed the establishment of a National Steering Committee tasked with driving the implementation of the project. He noted that Kaduna and Lagos States have already piloted a Gender Responsive Procurement Policy and are awaiting gubernatorial consent to commence full-scale implementation.

On his part, the Acting Deputy Country Representative of UN Women, Mr. Zephania Aura, commended the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs for creating an enabling environment for women’s economic upliftment.

He pledged UN Women’s steadfast commitment to Women’s Economic Empowerment, affirming it as a pivotal pathway to scaling up female entrepreneurship development in Nigeria.

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