President of Couples Network, a non-governmental organisation, Reverend Dr Emeka Emefesi, has called on the federal government to introduce a national calcium policy for women to prevent bone related ailments.
Emefesi made the call on Sunday in an address he presented at the 2020 Annual Wives Celebration conference and awards held at the Demonstration Hotel, Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi.
He expressed concern that bone related diseases such as osteoporosis and arthritis were increasing among women, saying that a national policy on calcium would help prevent it.
‘A national policy on calcium will help build strong bones and reduce the incidence of fractures and brittle bones among Nigerian women,’ he said.
Emefesi also called for the establishment of Women Development Banks in the country by the federal government to empower and reduce poverty among women.
‘Our women need economic empowerment. The government should establish Women Development Banks in Nigeria to help women to secure financial services and loans to support the economic endeavor of women,’ he said.
‘Women development banks will impact positively on the family, the society and the nation. Women are the greatest national and family builders,’ he said.
The clegy lamented the rising spate of domestic and gender based vehicle against women, particularly wives saying the problem should be addressed by the government and stakeholders on order for women to fulfil their potentials.
‘An empowered woman will empower the family and society so they should be empowered economically, mentally, politically, and spiritually for the over development of the family and society,’ he said.
Emefesi believed that wives should be celebrated by their husbands and the society rather than being criticized and castigated.
He assured that the Couple’s Network was founded to celebrate couples to keep their marriages saying wives are playing great roles in keeping the family.
He revealed that the Couples Network will expand its network to Kano, Gombe, Plateau States as well as reach out to other organizations such as the Nigerian Union of Journalists among others in 2021.