Bayelsa takes lead in empowering women

LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE Bayelsa State has made great strides in the  empowerment of women, a government publicist has said.

Catherine Oguara, a member of the state’s New Media Team, hailed the impact of the Governor for addressing the gender gap.

“In February 2012 when Governor Seriake Dickson became Governor, things took a dramatic turn for better for the women folks. The administration  christened Restoration believes that gone are the days when women’s position was in the kitchen,” said Oguara.

She said in Bayelsa, the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development  was created in 1999 in line with response to the United Nations agreement  to establish a mechanism for the advancement of women and matters  affecting women.

The ministry collaborated with Shell Petroleum Development Company, and empowered some 30 physically challenged women in the state.

At his inaugural address, Dickson declared free education bearing in mind that the girl child was disadvantaged in basic education. Then government appointed high profile women in government to take up issues of girl child  education.

During his thank you tour, Governor Seriake Dickson generously gave loans  to women to ply their trade, engage in agriculture, fishing and other  income generating activities.

Oguara added First Lady, Dr Rachael Dickson, has made it mandatory for  every girl of school of school age in the state to be educated.

“The gospel of girl child education has reached all corners of the State and there is robust response to the sensitization mounted by the office of
the First Lady,” she said.

Oguara noted prominent women include Dr Agatha Goma, who is Commissioner  for Local Government, the Director General Tourism Development Board, Irene Ajuwa, the Director General Bayelsa Investment Promotion Agency, Freda Bruce, and others in the Bayelsa Development Investment Cooperation.

“In fact Bayelsa women have never had it so good like they have under the Restoration Administration,” said Oguara.

She said the state government would intensify the process of empowering women to give them a sense of belonging.

“As the only state in Nigeria that has fulfilled the 35 percent Beijing affirmative action, Bayelsa women are sure that the best is yet to come.”
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