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Nigeria, Gambia sign MoU to support less-privileged

Nigeria and The Gambia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pro­mote trade, investment and best practices among women, the aged and people living with dis­abilities from both countries.

The Minister of Women Af­fairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina and Vice-President of The Gambia, Isatou Njie-Saidy, signed the document on behalf of their countries on Wednesday in New York.

The MoU was signed on the sidelines of the UN Commission on Status of Women, tagged Beijing +20, which was 20 years after the Beijing Women Confer­ence of 1995 took place in the Chinese capital.

The Understanding seeks to empower women, children, the disabled and the elderly in both countries, as well as promote in­creased trade among women in the two countries.

The Gambia vice president, who is also the country’s Minis­ter of Women Affairs, expressed satisfaction that the efforts of both countries had come to frui­tion and promised to begin ac­tion in her country on the terms of the agreement.

She said: “We went through a lot of reviews, discussions, changes here and there but thank God today we have signed the MoU. It is a good move; it will strengthen ties between Nigeria and The Gambia, although we always had good relationship.

“We’re looking at social is­sues, education, health, violence against women, and the eco­nomic empowerment of women, as well as women in business.

“In Gambia, more than half of the farmers are women, es­pecially those in rice cultiva­tion, but they’re going into all other areas and we can learn from each other, when it comes to women, children, the elderly and disabled, we can share les­sons.’’

“I thank the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the cooperation that we have shared. We’ve al­ways seen Nigeria as big broth­er and I can assure you that following this agreement today, we will work head-on on the pro­grammes.’’

“We have challenges of trade, especially at the borders but there is no country that doesn’t have challenges even in the de­veloped world.’’

Responding, Maina commend­ed President Goodluck Jona­than for giving women voice in his government.

She said: “I want to thank my President, Goodluck Jonathan, who is gender-friendly and made the signing of this MoU possible to help women, the aged, people with disabilities and the government and people of The Gambia, led by President Yahya Jameh.

“This MoU has taken a long time; we’ve met two or three times on the issue. Both coun­tries have come a long way and the accord will further enhance our friendship and strengthen our relationship.

“President Jameh of The Gambia made a powerful and supportive statement during Nigeria’s centenary celebration last year and we look up to you too, big or small a brother is a brother.

“We wanted a bilateral rela­tionship where our women will exchange best practices, have bi­lateral trades, and this MoU will help us in that regard.

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