The Borno state chapter of the Agricultural and Allied Employees Union of Nigeria, (AAEUN), have elected their women committee to strengthe active gender participation in agricultural programs
The AAEUN chairman, Mustapha Meleh, disclosed this during the inauguration of the women committee in Maiduguri.
Meleh said that women participation in agriculture will reduce economic pressure particularly on government as well as provide them the opportunity to add value in their respective households.
He added that the inuguration of the women committee was a step-down gesture in response to the determination of the America Centre for International Labour Solidarity (ACILS) to encourage women around the world to build independent and democratic trade unions.
The Chairman said that the mission of the centre is to help build a global labour movement by strengthening the economic and political power of workers around the world through effective, independent and democratic unions.
He said the inuguration of the women committee is key as it will enable them respond to the needs of their families and their communities, as well as address social, cultural and environmental aspects of the society.
"If you look at it, womenfolks were the must affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, hence they have not been carried along in any form of decision making even if it directly affected them.
"So to make those changes, women must be present at all levels of policy making, and their concerns and needs given equal weight to those of others
"This will enable them to reduce the overwhelming social and economic pressures as well as financial crises in thier respective homes.
"If the root causes of the financial crisis of women are solved, it will enhance quality of life and health in the household", he said.
Meleh admonished them to imbibe the spirit of democracy through effective communication, regular consultation, transparency and honesty to have a smooth administration devoid of rancour.
Also speaking, Alhaji Mai-Bukar Galtimari, the aecretary of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), commended the union for innugurating the women committee.
Galtimari said that the decision of the union was in line with the Geneva convention of promoting women participation in unionism.
He said that such move will enable the women to challenge government policies that directly affects them.
"Women are the most affected by the Boko Haram slinsurgency. Most of them are now left to shoulder responsibilities in their families. This will therefore enable them to charge the cause of womenhood for national development.