FG to mon­i­tor N2.1bn peace project in North

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ojoma Akor

Min­is­ter of Women Af­fairs Ha­jiya Zainab Maina has said the Min­istry will mon­i­tor the N2.1 bil­lion project aimed at pro­mot­ing women’s en­gage­ment in peace and se­cu­rity in the North­ern states to en­sure suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion.

The Euro­pean Union and the Federal Govern­ment re­cently signed the agree­ment for the project which is wholly funded by the Euro­pean Union and will be im­ple­mented by the United Na­tions En­tity for Gen­der Equal­ity and the Em­pow­er­ment of Women (UN Women) in part­ner­ship with the United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Fund (UNICEF).

The min­is­ter stated this when the Euro­pean Union Am­bas­sador to Nigeria, Mr Michel Ar­rion, led a del­e­ga­tion on a visit to her in Abuja. Maina said the project was timely as sev­eral women and chil­dren in North­ern Nigeria par­tic­u­larly the north-east are help­less.

“Many of them are suf­fer­ing from trauma as a re­sult of los­ing their homes, hus­bands and chil­dren and need to be re­ha­bil­i­tated,” she said.

While thank­ing the EU for its sup­port for the de­vel­op­ment of Nigeria, the min­is­ter sug­gested pub­lic­ity of the project through the me­dia say­ing 99 per cent of people in the north­ern states rely on ra­dio for news.

Ear­lier, the Euro­pean Union Am­bas­sador to Nigeria, Michel Ar­rion said the del­e­ga­tion was at the min­istry as a fol­low up to the sign­ing of the agree­ment in or­der to seek the min­istry’s part­ner­ship and sug­ges­tion on pro­grammes in the com­ing weeks.

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