A call has gone to First Ladies at the state levels, in the country, to help build support for a programme that brings more women in governance and peace building.
The call was made by Dr. Nwadinobi, Manager of the Output 3 of the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP) at a recent Northern Governor’s Wives forum in Abuja.
Dr. Nwadinobi, in a paper titled “The Role of Women & Girls in Peace Initiatives in Nigeria” emphasised the importance of having women play leading roles as change agents in the cause of peace and in building sustainable development in the country.
Dr. Nwadinobi acknowledged that while women are capable of leading such initiatives, there are obstacles in their way such as gender-based violence, religious interpretations and increased violent conflict.
The NSRP is supporting the Ministry of Women Affairs to draft Nigerian National Action Plan (NAP) for the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions targeted at providing answers to the low participation of women in conflict management and peace building initiatives.
Also speaking at the event, Hajia Saudatu Mahdi who focussed on “The Role of Women in Conflict Management and Peace Building,” highlighted strategies which leaders should adopt in order to attain a peaceful environment.
The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), through its Executive Chairman, Alhaji Ado Mohammed presented on “Routine Immunization: Lifelong protection everywhere you go.”
Alhaji Mohammed spoke on the following facts about primary health care in Nigeria:
a. Seventeen LGAs in Bornu State are inaccessible for any form of immunisation intervention
b. 4 LGAs in Yobe State are also inaccessible for immunisation interventions
c. Negative polio vaccination propaganda by notable figures is making their job difficult.
d. NPHCDA has achieved 78 per cent immunization coverage
Alhaji Mohammed solicited for the help of the first ladies in ensuring the delivery of its mandates to women and children in their various states.