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By Mohammed Aminu in Sokoto
The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Alhassan, has said that the federal government is committed to providing palliative measures targeted at vulnerable groups as a precursor for sustainable development.
She also described traditions as an impediment to women development and empowerment in the country.
Speaking at the 17th National Council on Women Affairs in Sokoto Thursday, Alhassan said the measures introduced were pillars in the social investment programme of the administration, adding that some of the initiatives included the Home Grown Schools Feeding Programme, Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, National Women Empowerment Fund, and Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme, among others.
Alhassan posited that the measures were aimed at providing access to financial services for women so as to be economically self-reliant with a view to tackling poverty.
The minister stated that the meeting would provide an opportunity for sharing experience and achievements on annual basis to ensure that the mandate of the ministry is adequately addressed and delivered at all levels of government.