“Our quest is to ensure that concerns of women, children, and other vulnerable citizens are given prominence and ultimately addressed,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his media adviser, Femi Adesina.
President Buhari added, “A key priority of our government is the development and implementation of social inclusion and economic sustenance policies. Our determination is to ensure that economic growth and prosperity are felt by as wide a circle as possible.
“In particular, we are laying great emphasis on the education of the girl-child. The high level of young girls who are out of school or unable to complete school due to socio-economic pressures is disturbing and must be addressed.”
President Buhari noted that the launch of the National Strategy to End Child Marriage (2016 – 2021) has been the first critical step towards increasing children’s access to quality all-round education.
He said, “I expect this ministry to maintain its lead coordinating role on these, and other women’s related matters working with state governments, as well as our regional and international partners.”
In her remarks, the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, thanked the President for recognising the role of women in nation-building, and for supporting the completion of the headquarters of the women ministry.