The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Babachir Lawal, said the Federal Government would soon begin the disbursement of soft loans to market women.
Mr. Lawal who disclosed this on Thursday when the President, National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS), Mrs. Gloria Shoda, visited him in his office in Abuja, said that the government would support the council’s programmes that would add values, morals and aspirations to the country.
According to him, government targets on women and youths includes 500,000 youths in agriculture, school and guaranteed internship scheme.
Advising women to use their position to instill good moral values in young persons, Mr. Lawal said:
“Women play a prominent role to the government, youths and children as they are better in doing that; they should take the baton and help their various communities.
“The moral values begin from home and for the `Change Begins with Me’ campaign by the President Muhammadu Buhari to work, the women cannot be left out; the government demands a lot from you as mothers of the nation.”
The SGF also said that collective energies of women as key contributors to nation building were a globally recognised phenomenon, adding that women in key positions in the country had proven competent, and were doing a good job.
Earlier, President, National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS), Mrs. Shoda had observed that the government had adopted a gender-friendly approach in key areas of governance.
She, however, appealed to the government that issues concerning women should continue to be at the front burner of the nation’s development agenda, especially in the areas of education, health and economic empowerment.
She also called for increase in number of slots for women to attend the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), saying that the training would broaden opportunities for women.