By Chris Ochayi
In a bid to enhance the welfare and living standards of women in Nigeria, the National Council of Women Society, NCWS, has concluded arrangements to build a N20 billion research centre for gender issues in Abuja.
National President of NCW, Chief, Mrs., Nkechi Okemini Mba who disclosed this at an interactive session with journalists in Abuja, said, the centre would also serve as an advocacy and skills acquisition complex where experts and scholars would work on strategies and policies for the empowerment of Nigerian women.
The centre which is to be named, “Dame Patience Jonathan Motherhood Centre”, according to the NCWS President, “would liaise with governments at all levels nationally and internationally for policy inputs that would lead to the domestication of all conventions and African protocols on issues concerning women.”
Explaining why the centre was named after the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, she said, the NCWS took the decision in view of the First Lady’s contributions to the elimination of obstacles inhibiting the political and economic advancement of Nigerian women.
In addition to her direct interventions in issues concerning women, the first Lady has been working hard to ensure that more women are appointed into important positions in government.”
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