CODE advocates women participation in emergency responses

Connected Development (CODE), an NGO, has urged the Kaduna State Government involve women in leadership positions and emergency responses in the state.

CODE’s Senior Manager, Mrs Lucy Abagi, made the appeal in a statement in Kaduna on Wednesday.

Abagi said organisation had visited heads of relevant Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) and other government officials in March rally for women participation in leadership positions.

She explained five-day advocacy visit in partnership with UN Women was under the Strengthening State Capacities and Women’s Participation in COVID Response and Peace Building Initiatives project.

According her, the aim is get more females involved in the decisions making process around COVID-19 at the government level.

“This is very important as many women in Rigasa community of Igabi Area of the state said they have not benefited from any palliative distributed by the state government.

“This project hopes to ensure that women in marginalised communities have access to COVID-19 materials being distributed by the state government and other partners.

“Connected Development is hopeful newly established partnership with the state government would help in increasing women’s participation in COVID-19 response and impact positively on marginalised women in communities.”

Abagi said that 11 key government officials had so far signed a pledge card in of women participation in leadership and decision-making processes in the state.

She identified some of them as Mrs Saude Atoyebi, Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov. Nasir El-Rufai; the Chief of Staff, Muhammad Abdullahi; and Special Advisor to the Governor on Creative Arts and Development, Halima Idris.

Abagi said that the for Health, Dr Amina Mohammed-Baloni; for , Ja’afaru Sani; and for Planning and Budget Commission, Mr Thomas Gyang, also signed the pledge card.

“The Emir of Zazzau, Amb. Nuhu Bamalli, and Sen. Uba Sani (Kaduna ) also signed,’’ she said. (NAN)