President Muhammadu Buhari said his decision to place women in strategic positions of his government, like the financial sector, was to ensure effective management of limited resources available and promote a stronger sense of inclusiveness.
President Buhari stated this when he received a delegation of National, Zonal, State and FCT Women leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by the party Women Leader, Hajiya Salamatu Umaru Baiwa at the State House, Abuja.
He explained that he preferred women to oversee the economic and financial hub of the country, Ministry of Finance, as they can readily deploy their experience in aligning resources with the needs of the country.
He further noted that the nation has many female technocrats with local and international experiences on economy and finance. “I am happy that I can defend myself very effectively on this issue. The APC party leader is my witness. Since the coming into power of this administration I have handed over the treasury to women.
“Even at the household level, you hand over the money to women to manage. It can be taken to the level of managing the country’s treasury as well. I have consistently given it to women. It is strategic.
“I am conscious of the leadership roles of women in the society and by my action, I have justified my belief,’’ President Buhari said.
He reiterated that his administration will ensure inclusiveness for women and youths, especially in the second term, by providing more access to facilities that will enable the spread of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, and encourage more interest in agriculture.