Monday, 6 March 2017
Buhari will return soon – Dabiri-Erewa
Dabiri–Erewa made the remark while addressing women during the symposium to mark 2017 International Women’s Day celebration at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, on Monday.
The symposium titled: ‘Be bold for change’ was facilitated by the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA).
Addressing the women, Dabiri said: “I spoke with Baba and he said I should tell you that he will soon be back. I even joked with him that since he is abroad, he is now my constituent and he laughed over it.”
While thanking WAPA for being at the forefront of promoting women issues, the former lawmaker lamented the plight of Nigerian girls and women trafficked abroad.
She added: “We rescued some girls trafficked to Mali last week. The sight and words of those girls moved one to tears. One of them called the mother and started cursing her. She said in adulterated English language that ‘mummy see where you don push me reach. They f…k me tire and money I no get.
“As I speak to you, we have 90 girls that are trafficked to Bukina Faso that we are bringing back to the country soon and also going to rehabilitate. We have law on violence against persons and need to implement it.”
Earlier in her speech, the Commissioner for WAPA, Hon Lola Akande, informed the gathering that the state government has never rested on its oars in dealing with issues that affect women.
She said: “Lagos State government is truly committed to actualising Sustainable Development Goals and in furtherance of these objectives, the state government under the leadership of His Excellency, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, established vocational and skill acquisition centres across the state to empower women and others to create job opportunities for the unemployed while encouraging young university graduates to look beyond white collar jobs and become self-employed and grow to become employers of labour.”