By Joy Odigie
Benin – Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo, on Friday, says women will continue to be given priority in his administration as they have shown to be hard working and diligent.
The governor stated this at the Women Summit held in Benin as part of activities to mark the governor’s second year in office.
He said: “women will have priority in my administration. I am proud of the women who have been given opportunity to serve in my administration, they are making a lot of success and progress in their endeavours.”
He described women in the Edo chapter of the All Progressives Congress as ‘faithful followers,’ and urged them to continue to support the party.
He added that “we will ensure that you are adequately compensated and we will give you the roles and responsibilities you deserve.”
He said his administration placed priority in the empowerment of women, noting that when women were empowered, they contribute to nation building.
The wife of the governor, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, said that women were strong forces to be reckoned with, and commended them for supporting the Obaseki-led administration.
She also commended the Bank of Industry (BOI) for its support in ensuring the growth of small and medium scale businesses in the state.
She explained that “my office is collaborating with BOI in the Trader and Market Moni programme which will be rolled out across the state.
“We are targeting 50,000 beneficiaries in the financial inclusion scheme in the state.”
The first lady presented awards to 36 outstanding women from the 18 local government areas under the Community Mobiliser Award category.
She also presented the Civil Service Emeritus Award to the retiring Head of Service of Edo, Mrs Gladys Idahor, “for her contributions to a vibrant Civil Service in the state.”
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Magdalene Ohenhen, said that the Gov. Obaseki-led administration was addressing the gender gap in the state via appointment of women in political and administrative positions.
The women summit was attended by different women groups from across the 18 local government areas of the state. (NAN)