2021 : Be Open To Learning New Skills, NCWD DG Charges Women


Director General, National Center for Women Development (NCWD), Chief Mary Ekpere-Eta, Esq. 

The Director General of the National Center for Women Development (NCWD), Chief Mary Ekpere-Eta, Esq. has charged women to be open to learning new skills in in the new year.

Ekpere-Eta who stated this in her new year message said that the happenings in 2020 has shown the importance of individuals and organizations being dynamic and ready to adapt.

The DG commended Nigerian women for confronting the challenges of 2020 like the Coronavirus pandemic, #Endsars protest which she said brought untold hardship to the people with courage and determination.

According to her, "I heartily congratulate Nigerian women for making it into the New Year.

The outgoing year witnessed unprecedented happenings such as the #EndSars protests and the Corona Virus pandemic. Both events impacted the country negatively with families struggling to stay afloat. 

Many lost their jobs, even as businesses were shut for many weeks in obedience to the COVID-19 guidelines, with women greatly affected. But in many cases women, worked hard, re-modeled their businesses, managing not to be casualties of a difficult year.

Women as wives and mothers displayed a high level of resourcefulness  helping members of their families survive a tough year and stopping people around them from resorting to despair.  I therefore commend our women for confronting the challenges of year 2020 and coming out as survivors".

She added that "As we move into 2021, I urge that women renew their optimism about life and position themselves for the opportunities the year will present. 

Women in the formal and informal sectors should also be open to learning new skills, as 2020 has shown the importance of individuals and organizations being dynamic and ready to adapt".

While promising that her centre we will continue to advocate for the safety, welfare and prosperity of women and girls, she added that "at the level of empowerment programmes, we will also scale-up the quality and number of our programmes.

This is as we will continue to reach out to vulnerable women such as female Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) with life-changing skills".

She also said that "2021 will equally see the Centre improving on its partnership with Nigerian and international partners to enlarge interventions targeted at improving the status of women in the country".

Ekpere-Eta who celebrated Nigerian women for being prayerful, also urged them to pray for a peaceful and prosperous 2021 for Nigeria, as well as wisdom and strength for President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders of the country.
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