Ogun: Abiodun approves executive directive to provide 35% representation for women – Nexus News

The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has approved the Executive Order aimed at providing a minimum required 35% representation for females in both government and politics.

The governor approved the Order in the presence of the Minister for Women Affairs, Mrs. Pauline Tallen, wife of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mrs. Salamatu Gbajabiamila and wives of Ogun, Lagos, Kwara State governors, as well as his wife’s representative, during the re-launch of Oko’wo Dapo Scheme in conjunction with Nigeria For Women Project (NFWP), convened at the M.K.O Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta on Friday.

He stated that with the Executive Order, Ogun women would have same opportunities to achieve their ambitions, and explore their full potential through the establishment of the Ogun State Women Inclusion and Equal Opportunities Role.

He noted that the government would assist over 100,000 women under the aegis of Nigeria For Women Project (NFWP), which was test-run in three local councils of Odeda, Yewa North and Ijebu-North East.

He revealed that the programme would be extended to the remaining 17 local councils of the state. Tallen noted that the only way gender equality could be assured was to empower women in the society.

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Mrs. Abiodun applauded the state government for backing the cause of women in the state.

While stating that mental health was important to all-round wellbeing of women, she disclosed that financial independence was an important element of ensuring women’s state of health.

Kwara State governor’s wife, Ambassador Folake AbdulRazaq, unveiled that Kwara State government had approved the 33% inclusion for women in its bid to ensure that women could stand on their own as well as create opportunities for them.

The Central Bank of Nigeria’s Deputy Governor, Mrs. Aisha Ahmad, represented by Mrs. Monsurat Vincent, disclosed the attendant effect of the COVID-19 had made many women less- financially independent.

The Chief Executive Officer, Brittania Oil, Uju Ifejeaka, implored women to work towards financial independence, but ensure they have a balanced life by taking good care of their families.

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