Nexim Bank harps on women’s access to health

Abubakar Bello, Managing Director of the Nigerian Export and Import Bank, has emphasized the importance of gender equity and women's empowerment in improving access to health, education, economic, and political opportunities in the country.

Bello also emphasized the importance of ensuring that they (women) have access to opportunities that will further harness their potential for the development of any nation, owing to the significant role they play in all aspects of human development.

The MD made the announcement during a family fun weekend hosted by Nexim Bank to commemorate the 2023 International Women's Day celebration in Abuja.

The bank's CEO stated that anything concerning women is prioritized, and that women should be celebrated all the time for their immeasurable contribution to society.

"We should not just celebrate women on women's day or month," he said.

"Women should be honoured on a daily basis. This year's theme, "Embracing Equity," should be celebrated not just on Women's Day, but throughout the year as we look forward to the future.

"Every Women's Day, we make promises about equal opportunities and equity, among other things.

"I want feedback from the women on all the promises made in the past; where are we? "Are you happy with what we've done?" he asked.

"Digital Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality" is the United Nations theme for International Women's Day in 2023.

This was in line with the priority theme of the Commission on the Status of Women's 67th session, "Innovation and technological change, as well as education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls."

The Nexim Bank CEO went on to say that the bank prioritises the well-being and health of its employees in order to maximise productivity.

"We value women's expertise, especially when hiring new employees. It's not a favour we're doing for the women; it's a favour we're doing for the agency.

"We are pleased with the issues raised by the speakers. One mentioned being focused, while another mentioned health and well-being.

As a result, he emphasised the importance of allowing more women to participate in the workforce and society in general.

Mrs Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, Federal Commissioner of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons, also spoke and called for greater collaboration to address the challenges faced by women in IDP camps.

Sulaiman-Ibrahim also emphasised the importance of programmes that help women gain independence and contribute to national development.

"Women bear a lot of burdens because they become carers, heads of households, and other challenges for women when displacement and emergency occur," she said.

"Women are the most hit, they lose their privacy when such things happen and it is hard for them.

"We must work together to address the challenges that women face," she said.

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