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Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital is set to host the 21st Regular Council Meeting on Women Development which is expected to brainstorm on matters concerning gender equality. The summit which is organized by the Ministry of Women Affairs will hold from August 22-27, 2021, and will focus on sustainable development as well as gender equality for womenfolk. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs, Anthonia Akpabio Ekpa, who is expected to lead Ministers, other Permanent Secretaries gave the hint during a visit to Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, the Secretary to Akwa Ibom State Government, to intimate the State of the choice of Uyo of the choice of city for the summit. Ekpa stated that the event will bring together Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Development Partners, Country Representatives, Programme Managers and Civil Society Organizations and relevant Ministries across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

According to her, gender inequality, women, and social development in society are among issues expected to be brainstormed on by participants during the six daylong events. Ekpa said the theme of the meeting is “Gender Equality:A Panacea for Enduring Security and Sustainable Economic Development in the PostCOVID-19 Era.” According to her, Akwa Ibom state was chosen by Delegates in their last Council Meeting held in Akure, Ondo State and thanked the Akwa Ibom State Government for honouring the women by accepting to host the equality summit. Receiving the delegation, Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem who frowned at gender discrimination in the society, warned against such uncivilized practice, as according to him, quality knows no gender.

Dr. Ekuwem informed his guests that the Governor Udom Emmanuelled Administration is gender sensitive as exemplified in the appointments of many women to serve in his government as commissioners, chairmen and members of boards and Commissions as well as Permanent Secretaries. Describing the theme of the meeting as apt, the SSG said with the background of Governor Udom Emmanuel in the financial sector, Akwa Ibom was the first State in the Federation to constitute a PostCOVID-19 Economic Reconstruction Committee to consider the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the State’s economy and make recommendations on how to build a viable economy in the state after the pandemic.

He thanked the delegation for choosing Akwa Ibom State for the summit and promised to convey their good will message and gratitude to Governor Emmanuel Udom for hosting the Council. Present at the courtesy call were the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Dr Ini Adiakpan, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs Margaret Edem and principal officers in the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs.

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