8 February 2008

Nigeria: Gender Equality is Yet to Be Achieved - Seriki

Abuja — The minister of state for agriculture and water resources, Ademola Rasaq Seriki, has said that despite increased gender awareness and availability of increasing information on women's and men's roles in water supply and sanitation, gender is not yet fully mainstreamed into the work of the ministry.

He made this remark at a workshop supported by European Commission in mainstreaming gender issues in water supply and sanitation sector in Abuja, yesterday.

The minster stated that the first national water supply and sanitation policy approved in year 2006 made no mention of gender issues and it is important that the revised edition integrated informed gender perspective by explicitly recognizing and acknowledging the national gender policy.

Seriki hinted that with this regard in 2007, a team of gender specialists were engaged under the European Union water supply and sanitation sector reform programme to support the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources to develop proposals for mainstreaming gender issues into its project cycles.

The minister disclosed that the consultants were to build the capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources to develop strategy and action plan for mainstreaming gender issues at all the states of the project cycle.

Seriki further said that the gender strategy and action plan have been developed to offer pragmatic operational guidelines for translating the national water and sanitation policy and the national gender policy into practice.

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