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Nigeria: FG to Empower More Women, Girls With G-WIN By Emmanuel Ugwu, 8 February 2014:

Two years after it initiated the Girls and Women Initiative in Nigeria (G-WIN) the federal government has commenced the implementation of the programme aimed at opening access to life changing opportunities for girls and women in diverse endeavours.

The project which was billed to be implemented in five pilot states has commenced in Abia state with a workshop for rural women and girls which ended in Umuahia yesterday. The training focused on community -led total sanitation (CLTS), leadership and conflict resolution, water scheme operation and maintenance, water kiosk management and entrepreneurship.

Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah RengOchekpe, in a key note address while declaring open the workshop, said that the components of the training programme would enhance the capacity of women and girls to create employment and wealth, thereby alleviating poverty.

"The project is also to serve as a vehicle to effectively harness the potentials from this class of the society to sustainably support the transformation agenda of government," she said.

The minister, who was represented by the director of water quality control and sanitation, Mr. Samuel O. Umeh, explained that the project "is very dear" to President Goodluck Jonathan "in his determination to address the skewed distribution of the nation's resources and opportunities" against women and girls.

According to her, Mr. President was not comfortable with the disadvantaged position of the female folk, hence, he approved the implementation of the G-WIN project "in realization of the potentials inherent in the average girls and woman in Nigeria to substantially contribute to the overall growth and development of the community. and country".

The G-WING project was a product of the collaboration with development partners and eventually developed into an implementable programme in 2013 under the leadership of the Minster of finance/coordinating minister of the economy, DrNgoziOkonjo-Iweala.

To ensure effective implementation of the G-WIN project five ministries (Water Resources, Agriculture, Works, Communication and Health) were selected as pilot implementing agencies and were asked to integrate the G-WIN concept into the mandate of their respective ministries.

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An excellent report on theposition of the Indegenous people of Nigeria is essential reading: (International Labour Organization Report on Indegenous People in Nigeria)