The minister of women affairs and social development hajiya Aisha Alhassan said government had rolled out various social protection packages and other intervention to cushion the effects of current economic recession in the country the by reducing poverty.
Alhassan stated this on Thursday at the 16Th Regular Regular council meeting held in Kaduna.
She said the targeted major beneficiaries of the package are women in business, artisans, Youth and farmers nationwide.
She added that some of the government loadable programmes include Government Enterprise and empowerment programme, (GEEP).
Alhassan said that the National Women empowerment Fund (NAWEF) and two programme of micro finance scheme where loan of between N10, 000 to N100, 000 were given to women with interest and collateral free payable within six months.
According to her, federal Government was committed towards addressing special needs of vulnerable groups in Nigeria.
“Administration of President Buhari has special interest on women, children, the elderly, person living with disabilities and internally displaced persons,” she said.
She stressed that the government was committed towards to support to SDGs to succeed in line with the change mantra.
According to her, federal government had demonstrated serious commitment and determination to expand the frontier of inclusive empowerment in Nigeria.
The Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasiru El Rufai said state Government had recognized the roles of women in national development.
El Rufai who was represented by his deputy, Mr Barnabas Bantex said Kaduna had reviewed its activities of Ministry of Women Affairs due to its priority in the sector.
He said Kaduna has established agenda focal officers in all its ministry, departments and agencies in the State.
“We have trained first batch of 45 officers to enable them function effectively” he said.
In her welcome address, the commissioner for Women Affairs, Hajiya Rabi Abdulsallam commended the governor for given women their pride of place in the scheme of things through his visionary leadership.
Abdusallam said the ministry of women affairs has made conscious and deliberate efforts to better the lives of women in the state.
She outline some of the programmes which include gender Business Dialogues which is platform that brought together business, membership organization leaders, government, Media private and public to discuss and find solutions to issues that will create enabling environment for business to flourish in the State.