FG releases N150bn for Nigerian women

Senator-Aisha-Alhassan

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Sen. Aisha Alhassan, on Sunday said the Federal Government had released N150 billion for women entrepreneurship development in Nigeria.

Alhassan, who is on an official visit to Taraba, told newsmen in Jalingo that the money was part of the N500 billion Social Protection Fund.

According to her, the fund has been deposited at the Bank of Industry (BoI) for women entrepreneurs to access.

She said out of the fund, N1.6 billion was earmarked for micro finance scheme for women.

The minister said that sensitisation campaign on how to access the fund had already begun and that during her visit to the state she had sensitised women groups on how to access the facility.

Alhassan also revealed that the National Gender Policy was currently under review to enhance inclusiveness and participation of women in all spheres of government.

On violence against children, the minister said 24 out of the 36 states of the federation had domesticated the Child Rights Act.

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