NPC seeks women affairs partnership on nationwide demographic studies on women, vulnerable children
The National Population Commission (NPC) has sought for a partnership with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs on nationwide demographic studies with specific focus on women and vulnerable children.
This, the ministry said was part of efforts to provide the government with evidence-based and informed decisions regarding gender-based policies and possible interventions.
Making this declaration during a courtesy visit to the Women Affairs Ministry, the Executive Chairman of the National Population Commission, Hon. Nasir Isah Kwarra stated that the Ministry of Women Affairs plays a critical role in child welfare, gender-related issues, disability as well as other social related issues and this role will be maximized by the provision of accurate and reliable data by the Commission to help in the implementation of programs by the Women Affairs Ministry and other stakeholders” he said.
While informing the Minister about the Commission’s proposed plan to conduct the next population and housing census, Hon. Kwarra added that his agency will embark on mapping and enumeration area demarcation of the 774 local government areas, development of an hybrid data collection application, advocacy and engagement of stakeholders and training of functionaries for the 2023 population and housing census.
Responding, the Honorable Minister of Women Affairs, Barr Uju Kennedy Ohanenye
commended the Chairman of the National Population Commission for the critical role which the agency plays which provides statistical data for national planning and budgetary allocations adding that her Ministry will optimally explore the proposed partnership which will go a long way to effectively situate the challenges of women and vulnerable in the country with interventional measures.
Speaking further, Barr Uju said “Your initiatives as an agency align with my vision for the Women Affairs Ministry and our primary goal is to ensure that sustainable empowerment is provided for our women and vulnerable children. I am personally concerned because the funds we receive are yet to make the desired impact on women and vulnerable children in Nigerian and that is why the status of women has not changed for the better but we are committed towards changing this narrative” she concluded.
A press release issued by Ohaeri Osondu Joseph, Fnipr, Fcai, Special Assistant, Media, the minister said that skill acquisition and vocational training will also unlock the potentials of women who will also be productive and contribute to their quota to family growth and the nation at large.
During the visit a technical committee was set up for the two government agencies to collaborate towards identifying common grounds to develop reliable data to guide government policy initiatives and implementation to improve the welfare of women and vulnerable children in the country.