Women will be well represented in my administration—Tinubu

By Ibironke Ariyo

The President-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu, has assured that women would be properly represented in his administration.

Tinubu said this on Tuesday in Abuja at the public presentation of a book titled, “101 Nigerian Women of Impact” authored by Mrs Zainab Marwa.

The President-elect was represented by the National Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Betta Edu.

He said that Nigerian women have paid the price for the development, peace and unity of Nigeria, hence they must be appreciated.

Tinubu congratulated the author for her accomplishments in the gender space, saying the book would inspire women to greatness.

“All I can say is Nigerian women can go home smiling because you will have one of the best times in representation in government. Nigerian women will be appreciated.”

Tinubu described the book lunch as a celebration of Nigerian women.

“They have done well and are still doing well. We are proud of every effort that have been put on the table.

“The message you have sent by writing the book to celebrate 101 women amongst over 100 million is simple: You can aspire to do more.

“The second message is that working together we can change the picture of Nigeria.

“Nigeria is at a turning point and the missing chip in that puzzle that would fix this country and give us the speed we need are the women folk. This is your call to action and development,” Tinubu added.

Borno Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, who chaired the event, said opportunities for women abound in Nigeria, when  conducive environment is created for them.

“Women are needed to accelerate the pace of growth and development. Women no longer belong in the background because they are now breaking barriers.

“There should be an enabling environment for them to contribute maximally to the growth of the nation. As leaders we have to deliberate about these efforts,” he said.

Also, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, who is the father of the author, stressed the importance of books as instruments of human civilisation.

Marwa, who is the Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), said as someone who was elated when a book was written, his happiness was doubled as the author was his own daughter.

He said that writing was a trait in the family and would encourage her to do more.

Meanwhile, the author, Zainab Marwa, said she was driven by the need to inspire young women to achieve more and attain excellence.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the book was reviewed by Presidential Spokesperson, Mr Femi Adesina.

Among dignitaries at the event were the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adedeye Enitan-Ogunwusi, the Etsu Nupe, Dr Yahaya Abubakar, and representatives of business moguls, Femi Otedola and Aliko Dangote.

(NAN)

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