As the world marked the International Women’s Day, Nigeria’s first lady, Oluremi Tinubu, has declared that this is the time to invest in women.

In a statement she issued to join in the celebration of women across the country, while emphasising the theme, “Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress”, Mrs. Tinubu highlighted the vital role of women in national development and called for increased investment in women as a strategic move for the progress of Nigeria.

In the same vein, Imo State governor, Sen. Hope Uzodimma has lauded the great role women play in the development of the society, describing their dedication to building a greater society as commendable.

Governor Uzodimma singled out women from Imo State and described them as remarkable and worthy of the inclusivity in his administration. Also, Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said his government won’t relent in its commitment to empowerment of women and their capacity development in the state.

He said, while his government has made significant stride in capacity development with over 100,000 women empowered in various skills, his administration will not rest on its oars in the commitment to empower more.

Abia State governor, Dr. Alex Otti eulogised Abia women for their grace, knowledge, beauty and strength, who have achieved so much in different areas of life, globally, despite daunting challenges.

In a release by his spokesman, Kazie Uko to mark the 2024 International Women Day, Otti commended the women for their resilience and devotion to duty.

Katsina State governor, Dikko Umaru Radda, reaffirmed his commitment to empowering women in the area.

With this year’s theme of “Invest in Women, Accelerate Progress,” the governor in a statement on Friday noted that it resonates with his vision for a more inclusive administration and more prosperous Katsina State.

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The wife of Kebbi State governor, and Founder NASARA Foundation, Hajiya Zainab Nasir Idris also empowered 5,500 women with the sum of about N165 million.

Speaking on the significance of the International Women’s Day celebration, she said, it’s not just a day to sing and dance on the streets, but it also lies in the ability to provide a platform for collective actions and collaboration in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment.

The acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Umar Damagum, has said he would like to see a woman preside over the affairs of the country as president.

Damagum, who stated this, at event organised by the PDP to mark the International Women Day, on Friday, in Abuja, said this is because the men have failed the country.

Vice President of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), North Central Zone, Chizoba Ogbeche, called on the state governors in the North-Central Region, as well as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, to increase their investments in women in order to hasten the preservation of women’s rights and gender parity.

The European Union (EU) urged political parties to adopt robust measures and strategies that would encourage increased women’s participation and representation in their internal activities, and proper governance system.

It noted that the active participation of women at all levels of decision-making and politics is essential to the achievement of equality, sustainable development, peace, and democracy.

The Save the Children International (SCI), called on the Nigerian Government to prioritise investments in women and protect young girls.