LASG is gender sensitive – SSG

The Secretary to the Lagos State Government (SSG), Mrs. Folashade Sherifat Jaji has said that the State Government “is gender-sensitive” and has been breaking major barriers to ensure that women not only fulfil their aspirations but reach the pinnacle of their careers, especially in the public service.

The SSG disclosed this on Wednesday in her goodwill message at the first International Hybrid Conference of Women in Technical Education and Development (WITED), held at Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos.

Jaji, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office, Mrs. Kemi Durosinmi-Etti, expressed excitement at the theme of the Conference “Gender and Sustainable Development Goals in Africa: Challenges and Progress”, as it focuses on SDG 5 of the 17 life-changing United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

She said, “In order to ensure equal opportunities in leadership at different levels and in consonance with the Y2019 International Women’s Day theme ‘Balance For Better’, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu constituted his Executive Council with the appointment of 12 women as Commissioners and Special Advisers. In addition, 22 women are presently serving as Permanent Secretaries apart from several others heading different Agencies and Departments of Government”.

While commending WITED for organising the maiden conference, she urged participants and discussants to spend the three-day programme exchanging views and strategies on a resolution that will further address many obstacles that women face in Africa and other nations.

Contributing to the programme, the Secretary-General, Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA), Mrs. Jahou Faal, said women are still not equitably represented at the top ranks, pointing out that there are more male students in technical colleges and universities than female students.

She, therefore, called for commensurate opportunities, growth and promotion of women in the workplace in addition to continuous mentoring, sensitisation and advocacy for the girl-child in technology education.

In her welcome address, Coordinator, WITED, Yaba College of Technology, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluseun Popoola, said the challenges of gender and sustainable development could be overcome when every male sees the empowerment of females as a process of empowering the nation.

Recall that WITED, an Association that seeks to improve the participation of the girl-child in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programmes in Nigeria, was inaugurated by the Federal Government in 1997 and was first established at Yaba College of Technology.

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A press statement by the Embassy on Friday, said: “During the visit, Townsend met with the Nigerian President’s Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, and National Security Adviser, Babagan Monguno, to discuss regional security issues and to express the command’s gratitude for the assistance provided during a hostage rescue operation last year.

“When we asked for their help, the Nigerian government answered the call. Our hostage recovery mission in October would have been impossible without their support.

“They quickly provided assistance that helped the U.S. military to save an American life. That is a strong example of our partnership with Nigeria.”

Townsend also met with senior military officials, including the Minister of Defence, Bashir Salihi Magash, and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor, to talk about on-going cooperation in the region and greater maritime security and threat mitigation.

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Townsend said furthermore: “The bilateral relationship between Nigeria and the U.S. is built on several pillars including security cooperation.

“U.S. Africa Command will do our part to advance the security cooperation pillar, so that Nigerians can enjoy the more secure future they all deserve.”

As close partners, the U.S. and Nigeria have worked at ensuring the collaborative relationship continues to grow to include a commitment to interoperability. Nigeria purchased 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, which will be delivered later this year.

“Nigeria’s purchase of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft is another example of their commitment to interoperability and security in the region,” he added. “Our economic relationship with Nigeria is already strong, and we look forward to the continued strengthening of security relationships. Nigeria’s leaders understand the importance of a collaborative approach to ensuring stability in West Africa and partnering on areas of mutual interest.”

The Commander also met with the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard.

Leonard said: “General Townsend’s visit to Nigeria demonstrates the strategic importance the United States places on our bilateral relationship with Nigeria.

“Our security cooperation partnership with Nigeria’s military will strengthen the country’s capabilities to secure land and sea borders, enhance overall security, and combat terrorism in the North East.”

As part of the visit, Townsend participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Nigeria Military National Cemetery to honour those who have given their lives in the service of their nation.

During the visit, the delegation expressed their condolences for the seven service men killed in the crash of a Nigerian Air Force aircraft in Abuja.