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Nigeria’s women’s minister says women should play part in country’s growth


Summary of story from Next, October 4, 2011

Hajia Zainab Maina, Minister of Women’s Affairs and Youth Development, has called on Nigerian women to support government programmes and be part of the nation’s growth.

Maina spoke after Adamawa governor Murtala Nyako gave her, along with five other women, awards for their contributions to the state and country on Sunday.

“Adamawa is among the only states in the north and few in the country where women have been fully recognized with several government appointments,” Maina said.

She charged Nigerian women to “help Nigeria be strong among nations in terms of economy and stability.”

Maina also called for support for Nyako’s programmes focusing on poverty eradication and sustainable agricultural skills.

The Adamawa governor has also provided free medical care to pregnant women and children in his state.

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