By Juliet Ohwotite
President Goodluck Jonathan has been commended for promoting the welfare of women.
Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, Minister of Petroleum Resources, in a statement on the recent launch of the book she commissioned, entitled, ‘Goodluck Ebele Jonathan: Champion for Women,’ stated that, over the past two years, Jonathan has appointed women into over 30 per cent of the top positions in government and also put in place programmes and initiatives designed to help some of the country’s poorest women.
She said the president has fulfilled his promise in the area of empowering, protecting and creating more opportunities for women.
This, according to her, includes recently establishing a directive to get more women appointed to the boards of Federal Parastatals, a move the presidency hopes states and local governments will emulate, thereby transforming Nigeria in a way that has never been done before.
The book ‘Champion for Women’ inspects some of the many accomplishments of President Jonathan and his administration, and celebrates the growing power and opportunities for Nigeria’s women.
In her comments on the book, Allison-Madueke said, “When President Jonathan became president with the people’s mandate, in May 2011, the process of change he had begun the previous year moved into a higher gear”.