The honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen has identified women economic empowerment as a solution to the myriads of problems bedeviling Nigeria.

She added that for Nigeria to reach her potentials as an economically viable nation, women’s economic empowerment must be given the desired priority.

Tallen stated this in Uyo, the State capital at the ongoing 21st National council on women affairs organized by the Ministry of Women Affairs in collaboration with development Research and Projects Centre under the Partnership for Advancing women’s economic development (PAWED) project funded by the Bill and Melida Gates Foundation.

She also noted that security problems could be addressed by women empowerment, saying that the positive effect of that would trickle down to the homes.

According to her, “Most of the problems we are facing in Nigeria today such as insecurity could be addressed by women empowerment.

When women are empowered, the nation will be better; the children will be happy and we will not have the security problems we are battling with now. Most of these problems are because of the breakdown of family values.

“If you educate a woman, you are educating the family, an educated woman will ensure that her children are fully educated and her family is well cared for, everything that concerns the family will go well. We will not have issues of banditry. We have been working hand in hand with the ministry of education to ensure that our children are educated.

“The problem is the neglect of the past and if we don’t stop and address it squarely now, it’s going to be too sad for us in the future and posterity will not forgive us.

“So many children are into drugs, so many are in the streets and these are the future generation. We are all guilty and it’s not too late for us to correct it, the gunpowder we are sitting on, will blow out on us if we don’t do something about it, God forbid!

The Minister who called for more support and collaborations said the number of women who need help are much even though the ministry has tried to build a better future for some vulnerable women in the country.

“We need to do something differently to make it work, to help empower more women, put food on the table, support children get education and build a better future for our country. We need to rise up to the occasion.

She also encouraged women to speak up and report issues of Gender based violence and other rights violations to the appropriate quarters, saying that sometimes because of ignorance and lack of getting to know right places to go, the victims would perish in their problems.

Tallen who hinted that 29 States have domesticated the childrens’ right act and the violation Against Persons Prohibition act urged the remaining states to do same before the end of this year.

Meanwhile, panelists at the session agreed that to close the gap on economic and financial inclusion, concerted efforts must be taken to strengthen coordination, establish accountability, and ensure deliberate policies targeted at increased women’s economic development.

Earlier, the Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, Dr. Gambo Aliyu in a goodwill message said that women economic empowerment would to a great extent reduce the rate at which HIV/AIDs and other sexually transmitted diseases are being contracted.

“If a woman is empowered and can take care of herself she can’t go out to get HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.” He said.

Among her entourage were the Ministers of Education, Youths and Sports, budget planning and the Commissioners/ Permanent Secretaries, Ministry of Women Affairs in the country.