The Kaduna State Government has affirmed its commitment to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in all aspects of its development agenda.
Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe stated today at the Private Sector Forum on Gender Responsive Supply Chains in Kaduna State, organized by the UN Women in collaboration with African Development Bank (AfDB) and ZAMANI FOUNDATION.
According to the Deputy Governor, the administration of Senator Uba Sani believes that empowering women is not only a matter of right, but also a good economic strategy that can boost growth, reduce poverty, and enhance social cohesion.
“Our administration led by Governor Uba Sani shares the same belief with UN women, African Development Bank and Zamani Foundation that gender responsive procurement can have a positive domino effect in the value chain through inclusive sourcing and supplier diversity” Dr Balarabe said.
Kaduna Deputy Governor said the private sector forum which focused on Gender Responsive Supply Chains, which is part of UN Women program on Women Economic Empowerment Through Affirmative Procurement in West Africa, supports women economic empowerment through policy reforms, public sector institutional strengthening, and capacity building of women-owned/women-led businesses to access procurement opportunities in some countries in West Africa including Nigeria.
She affirmed the continued support of the State Government in promoting women empowerment through policies, programmes, legislations, and other activities that would ensure that women’s lots are improved.
She added that on 28th of October 2022, Kaduna State Government, in collaboration with UN Women and the Norwegian Government, inaugurated three programmes aimed at increasing support for gender equality and women empowerment in the State.
“The programmes focused on women, peace, and security; advancement of women’s participation in politics and affirmative procurement in Nigeria; and the HeForShe campaign in the State.
“I want to reiterate the remark I made that day thus: “If we want to make progress as a country, we must liberate half of our population, which consists of women, from being undermined, underutilized and de-humanized.”
“That is why we are very interested in the AfDB-UN Women program titled “Women Economic Empowerment through Affirmative Procurement in West Africa”. We believe that this program can make a significant difference in the lives of many women entrepreneurs and workers in Kaduna State and beyond.
The Deputy Governor assured UN Women and all bodies involved in championing the projects of Kaduna State Government’s readiness to work with all relevant stakeholders to ensure effective implementation and impact of this programme.
She called on women business owners in the state to register with the Kaduna State Public Procurement Authority as the agency implementing the project in the state.
Earlier speaking, Director General, Kaduna State Public Procurement Authority, Engineer Sanusi Aminu Yero said the agency has drafted a policy framework for the state and is carrying out sensitization to relevant stakeholders across the state for the smooth implementation of the Affirmative Procurement Reform in Kaduna State.