By Abba-Eku Onyeka
With special regard to the area of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) and vocational skills, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum has urged the United Nations Education, Scientific and Culture Organisation (UNESCO), to support Women empowerment in Nigeria.
In a recent release from the ministry, signed by the Deputy Director, Press, Haruna Ibrahim, the Minister stated this when the Director, UNESCO Regional Office, Abuja, Mr Yao Ydo paid her a courtesy visit in her office recently in Abuja.
Disclosing that she took her recent appointment to ensure that women are empowered, so as to be part of decision-making process in the country, the minister said her working experience in UNESCO would be brought into the ministry to ensure that Artificial Intelligence (IT) and Culture create jobs for Nigerian women and youths. Amb. Katagum also revealed that the ministry would adopt sectorial approach to issues so as to revive the moribund and ailing industries in the country.
While congratulating her in a remark, the UNESCO boss stated that the Minister was a worthy Ambassador of the UN Agency, emphasizing that while at UNESCO, she helped to promote not only Nigeria but also defended the interest of African Continent at that time. He encouraged her to ensure development of the creative industry through culture that will bring about job creation, with the assurance of UNESCO’s support that will bring about economic growth and development, just as he urged the Ministry to harness the culture of creative industry which he described as another area for job creation, saying, it is an area not much explored in Africa.
Amb. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum served in UNESCO for about 10 years before her present appointment as a Minister representing Bauchi state in President Muhammad Buhari’s cabinet