By Our Correspondent

 Niger State Deputy Governor and Chairman Steering Committee of the Nigeria for Women Project Implementation process, Alh Ahmed Mohammed Ketso has assured of the Niger state government commitment to the success of the Nigeria for Women Project Implementation, assuring that the counterpart contributions of the state shall be released soon.

The deputy governor stated this in his opening remark at a one day Orientation Workshop for Steering Committee members on Nigeria for Women Project (NWFP) which took place at the Wells Cariton Hotel and Apartments, Asokoro, Abuja.

Ahmed Ketso maintained that timely approvals, procurement, work plan and support for the PCU is an indication of the government’s commitment for the project adding that the government is doing everything possible to ensure that the project is not only successful but sustainable. 

Speaking at the workshop, the task team leader and representative of the World Bank, Micheal Ilesanmi commended the Niger State government for always being up to date with the payments of its counterpart fund in not only NFWP but other projects and programmes urging them to sustain the tempo especially on Women Project as Women in Niger stands to benefit immensely from it. Ilesanmi highlighted that the project is a five year Federal government project with support from World Bank aimed at ensuring gender equality, improving women’s economic well being at the household level and community at large adding that it is the first of its kind in sub-saharan Africa targeted at influencing a change in negative social norms, provide market linkages for goods and services produced by women as well as improve the overall livelihood of women. 

Participants at the event include commissioners of Budget & planning, Commerce & investment, Permanent secretary of Finance, Women Affairs, Council Chairmen of Wushishi, Gurara,  Agaie,  Coordinator Youth Empowerment Mobilisation, Talban Samari , State Chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Comrade Bello Shariff  among others.