President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that his administration will do more to ensure women empowerment.
Buhari stated this on Tuesday when he received Winnie Byanyima, executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), at the State House, Abuja.
According to a statement by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, Buhari highlighted some key positions in his cabinet led by women, and added that the federal government is doing its best to also ensure infrastructure renewal.
“Women hold strategic positions in this administration. The ministry of finance, budget and national planning is headed by a woman; the civil service of the federation is headed by a woman, and many others like that. We will continue to do our best to empower our women,” Buhari was quoted to have said.
On infrastructure renewal, the president noted that the country lost good opportunities, “but we can’t continue to cry over spilt milk. We are now doing our best in concert with some developed countries”.
On her part, Byanyima commended Buhari for bringing the COVID-19 pandemic and HIV/AIDS under control in the country, and described him as a “Nigerian and African hero”.
She also asked that more women should be encouraged to take active part in politics.
“I salute your leadership in Nigeria and Africa. It is very robust. I praise you for it. Nigeria has great women. I admire this country. Please, open more space for them in active politics,” she said.