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FG Charged To Include More Women In Leadership Positions

Government at federal and state levels, as well as corporate organizations, have been called on to work towards including women adequately in leadership positions to make Nigeria the world’s largest economy by 2050.

This call was made yesterday by the President, Institute of Directors, IoD, Chief Eniola Fadayomi, at the 3rd edition of Women Directors’ Conference tagged “Women As Leaders: Discovering Authentic Leadership” yesterday in Lagos.

”It has been said that Nigeria stands to be the world’s largest economy by 2050 and for me, this could only be realized with women’s active participation in governance”, she said.

Fadayomi explained that a consideration of the first 20 listed companies in the Nigerian Stock Exchange revealed that seven companies had no single woman on their board; adding that five of the companies had a woman each, while eight had either two or three women on their boards.

While hoping government and private bodies would do the needful, Ekiti State First Lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi; Chief(Mrs.)Cecilia Ibru, President, Michael and Cecilia Foundation; Iyalode Alaba Lawson, Chairman, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic; Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Ayo Phillips and Dr.(Mrs.)Stella Okoli, CEO, Emzor Pharmaceutical, all noted that there was dire need for women to maximise their associations and spaces to create opportunities for other women.

Regretting that most women had pushed down the ladders with which they climbed to the pinnacle, Ekiti State First Lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, advised women in leadership to consider women and girls as their key constituency.

Source: Vanguard

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