By Victor Akaa, Abuja.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army (NA) to continue to create more doors and opportunities for women to fully explore their potentials in the programmes and activities of the NA.
Lt Gen Yahaya stated this when the National President of the National Council for Women Societies Nigeria (NCWS), Hajiya Lami Adamu Lau led the members of the Council on a courtesy visit to the Chief of Army Staff at Army Headquarters, Abuja on Thursday.
Gen Yahaya noted that by design, the NA is cognizance of some areas of specialties most suitable for the women hence the need to always improve on those ways going forward.
He averred that the Army had recognized the critical role of women in the society and the NA would continue to engage them in areas most suitable for operational proficiency.
He therefore, congratulated her on her ascension into the seat of National President NCWS, and pledged to support the National Council in order to achieve its aims and objectives.
He assured that the NA will continue to interface with the Council, noting that doors of collaboration would be left open for gender promotion and its policy implementation.
The COAS assured the National Council of full implementation of the Policy that will take care of the structural challenges that tend to militate against women’s advancement in the Nigerian Army.
“My leadership have been supportive in aspect of the military welfare, human resource, personnel, logistics, and medical services.
“We will move from policy to action by ensuring a gender culture in the Nigerian Army as our personnel will be abreast with the global best practices on gender issues.”
Earlier, the National President, NCWS, Hajiya Lami Adamu Lau commended the NA for its pragmatic leadership role through ensuring gender mainstreaming in the NA.
She said the NA has recently increased 35% affirmative action in the NA and enhanced the involvement of women in the military through recruitment, promotion,operations, trainings, among others.
She said, the effort by the NA was a bold step towards promoting and improving gender mainstreaming in the nation’s Armed Forces.
According to Hajiya Adamu,the visit was premised of strengthening the collaboration of the office of the COAS and by extension, the NA with the women in Nigeria to ensure a more robust and holistic approach to addressing the multifaceted security challenges that currently plagued the nation.
The National President said, NCWS is a prestigious advocacy platform for all Nigerian Women that is geared towards improving the welfare, progress and living standard of women in Nigeria.
It also aimed at increasing the role of women in political life and policy formulation through unfettered access to decision making.
She re-emphasised the need to move from policy advocacy to practical actions for the over all benefits of women.
Present at the visit were Principal Staff Officers of the Army Headquarters and delegates from NCWS , some states representatives including FCT, amongst others.