Ondo State is hosting the 19th edition of the Regular National Council on Women Affairs and Social Development, with the theme ” GENDER EQUALITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSION: A PANACEA FOR PEACE, SECURITY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA”.

In her remarks at the event, the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Titi Adeyemi said the government and people of the state are delighted to host the 19th Council, stressing that the State is peaceful and its hospitality is second to none.

She harped on the need for all and sundry to participate in governance, especially the female folk.

Mrs Adeyemi said women should be encouraged to contribute their quota to the development of the country, adding that over the years women have been marginalised, but the trend is changing due to more sensitisation among women.

The Commissioner added that the 19th Regular National Council meeting holding in Akure, the state capital, would offer solutions to some challenges facing women in the society, noting that the technical session is the foundation of the meeting, where memoranda submitted by all the 36 States of the Federation, including the Federal Capital Territory and other relevant agencies would be treated and forwarded to the Ministerial meeting for adoption or rejection on October 31st, 2019.

In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mr. Alaba Adeyemi, said the theme of the Council was technically picked so that issues bothering on women, children elderly, people living with disabilities and social development could be discussed and solutions amicably rendered, for the interest of all.

Mr. Adeyemi stated that the annual event has always created the avenue for participants to interact

and acquaint themselves with culture of the host state as well as socialize with one another.

He said the technical session will enable delegates to look into the various memoranda submitted by States and ensure that memos earmarked for discussion during the council meeting are those in line with the theme of the meeting.

The PS therefore appealed to delegates to make the technical session robust and unique, urging them to contribute to deliberations and come up with fruitful decisions which would go a long way at helping to achieve set goals for the council meeting.

He stressed that the discussions in the technical session would provide a solid foundation for the Ministerial Session on Thursday, 31st October, 2019.

The Permanent Secretary therefore appreciated the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, all Permanent Secretaries, Directors and other officials from the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT, for the good work they have done.

While presenting the report of the 18th meeting held in Lagos State between 5th to 10th of August, 2018, the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mr. Clement Shimave said the theme ” PEACE, SECURITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSION: KEY BUILDING BLOCKS FOR ACHIEVING ECONOMIC GROWTH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA” .

Mr. Shimave said 32 States submitted memoranda and 29 States were available to make presentations and Ondo State was among the States that presented memo at the event.

He noted that the Council has taken steps towards addressing issues and concerns raised in some of the memoranda, submitted during the 18th edition, stressing that status of implementation of the resolutions and decisions reached was evaluated at the Mid-term review (MTR) meeting held in Abuja in March, 2019.

The Federal Director also hinted that the MTR has been forwarded to all States and relevant stakeholders, to guide implementation of policy decisions.

The meeting continues till Thursday when the minister of women affairs, Pauline Taline is expected to chair proceedings.

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