By Josephine Agbonkhese
Lagos State Commissioner for Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Lola Akande, has called on the federal and state governments to promulgate laws and policies that would boost women sources of income/capital. Akande stated that such laws should be promulgated at the federal level and replicated in states, to boost women’s financial capacity in order to grow their productivity, which will automatically translate into national productivity.
She said this while receiving top officials of Nigeria’s premiere women-only radio station, W.fm, at her Alausa office. Tying women’s economic challenge to the spate of violence and child abuse in the society, Akande said women were not speaking out, not only because of stigmatization and cultural belief, but because majority of them lacked the resources with which to care for and defend themselves.
“This informed the state government decision to have the tuition-free Skill Acquisition Centres to empower our women. Presently, this ministry has 18 Skill Acquisition Centres spread across the state, for the training of women and youths across the three Senatorial Districts of the state. We hope to add more before the year runs out,” Akande enthused. She there appealed to good-spirited Nigerians to complement the efforts of the state government by partnering with the Ministry in its skill acquisition programmes.
While commending the radio station on its focus, she also urged its management to complement the state government’s efforts towards ending violence against women and children by publicising the ministry’s programmes and helplines: 08102678443, 080575426, 0805594141, 08085753932 and 0815267842. Responding on behalf of the delegation, Mrs Toun Okewale Sonaiya, Managing Director, (WFM 91.7), said the radio station was set to work with every woman and girl in Nigeria, towards restoring their dignity and bridging the gap on all matters relating to women and their families.