By Anthony Nwachukwu
The Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Mrs. Ronke Sokefun, has charged women in leadership positions to sustain and grow their numbers by encouraging more women in management positions.
She made the call in her keynote address at the NDIC 2022 International Women’s Day in Abuja, with the theme: “Changing Climates: Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow.”
Sokefun noted that while more women were making impact in every sphere of society, it was critical to develop strategies to sustain and increase the rise of women to leadership positions.
To that end, she urged those already in leadership positions to encourage more women to come up, according to a statement by the Director, Communication and Public Affairs Department, Bashir Nuhu.
She further stressed the need for capacity development and robust networking skills to strengthen their ability to contribute their best based on merit and performance.
Sokefun also commended the current 33.9 per cent women population in the NDIC manpower structure, explaining that the push was to achieve higher proportion in the nearest future.
Similarly, she urged the NDIC female staff to keep evolving, stating that they would be pulled up when they demonstrate a readiness for the next role.
On his part, the NDIC Managing Director, Mr Bello Hassan, described the corporation’s female staff as a great asset, as they continue to demonstrate all the values of the agency.
Listing such to include professionalism and passion towards achieving the corporation’s mandate, Hassan, who was represented by the Executive Director, Corporate Services, Mrs Emily Osuji, said management was proud of its womenfolk who are well represented at all levels of the organisation.
In her lecture, the Managing Director of First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Mrs Yemisi Edun, commended NDIC for attaining a significant female representation within its workforce.
Edun further called on women to muster the confidence to speak up and take advantage of opportunities to make a better future for themselves and their families. She also stressed the need for women to stand up for their rights and help in breaking the bias.