The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Nigeria, in line with its mandate, has designed various programmes and activities to position women and youths to access and benefit from the Federal Government Empowerment Programmes.

 
The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Nigeria, in line with its mandate, has designed various programmes and activities to position women and youths to access and benefit from the Federal Government Empowerment Programmes.
This was disclosed recently by the National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer of NEPAD Nigeria, Princess Gloria Akobundu during a courtesy call on the Honourable Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Sen. Aisha Jumai Alhassan. 
Princess Akobundu added that NEPAD will partner with relevant organisations to empower women and youths in Agriculture, Skills Acquisition/Development, Small and Medium Enterprises, as well as assist them to access micro credit.
The National Coordinator in her speech stated that NEPAD objectives are to eradicate poverty, promote sustainable growth and development, integrate Africa in the world economy and accelerate the empowerment of women.  She added that poverty is the major challenge facing our country as many people continue to suffer pronounced deprivation due to lack of empowerment.  She said that this condition can create a divide that can only be narrowed by expanding empowerment opportunities to poor.
She stated that NEPAD has the mandate to address inadequacies in the society and to also empower the women, youth and the vulnerable in the society.  
Speaking further, princess Akobundu stated that NEPAD Nigeria has evolved plans, programmes of action and initiatives to address existing inadequacies in the society. According to her “through the efforts of NEPAD stakeholders across the nation, modalities have been worked out for the care of women and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who have been victims of insurgency and natural disasters in Nigeria”.
The Head of NEPAD Nigeria disclosed that the Agency seeks to collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in realizing NEPAD’s post-insurgency programme for women, IDPs and children. Princess Akobundu was optimistic that partnering and collaborating with Min. of Women Affairs and Social Development would change the sad narrative of Nigerian women.
The Hon. Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Sen. Aisha Jumai Alhassan welcomed the NEPAD team and enjoined the NC/CEO to bring about positive change in NEPAD.  Alhassan assured the NEPAD boss that the Ministry of Women affairs and Social Development will partner and collaborate with NEPAD to empower women and youths in Nigeria and requested that a joint committee be set up to work out modalities for the partnership. 
 
 
 

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