By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Bunun Zazzau and the District Head of Doka, Alhaji Bala Mohammed Tijani has assured the Women Leaders For COVID-19 Response that his office would remain open in partnering them to create awareness on ways to prevent the global pandemic from further spreading.
He gave the assurance, when the Women Leaders For COVID-19 Response supported by the UN Women paid an advocacy visit to his office on Thursday in Kaduna.
“You can count on myself, my office or staff whenever you have any developmental issue you are doing,” he assured.
Bunun Zazzau said that he was honoured to be found worthy of the advocacy.
“Gender issues is developmental issue whether we like it or not. Ignoring it is a big mistake and there is a price to pay.
“Gender issues have been ignored, not only in Kaduna, but across the nation.
“I am glad over the years, we have responsive government that are closing the gaps. We need to encourage them to do more,” he said.
Speaking further, the traditional ruler said that it is his hope that they will continue to partner with government until they get to the peak.
He praised the Kaduna State Government for its leading role in ensuring that gender issues especially as it affects women is accorded attention.
“One of the reasons the North West is ahead of countries like Burkina Faso and Niger, is because of Kaduna State,” he added.
On plans for the official launch of the coalition, he said he would be delighted to be present personally.
“Before date of launching, send me a reminder and I hope to be there personally without sending representation.
“I wish you well and pray that you succeed in your endeavours,” he prayed.
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) has partnered with the UK Government Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office to implement a project on Strengthening state capacities and women’s participation in COVID response and broader peacebuilding initiatives Nigeria.
With funding from the UK Government, the programme is being implemented in Bauchi, Plateau and Kaduna State.
It is aimed at advancing the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda and addressing key gender issues in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, by supporting state governments to prevent and respond to gender-based violence (GBV) and enhance women’s participation in leadership and decision-making.