Nigerian women have recognized and duly honoured governor Rotimi Akeredolu, for what they termed his gender sensitivity and unprecedented inclusion of women in government.
According to the women speaking under the aegis of the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), also commended the governor for being a worthy security ambassador.
National President of the NCWS, Pastor Jumoke Aborode, addressing state government officials, as well as members of the Council in attendance at the award presentation at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the Governor’s office, Alagbaka, also commended the governor for the appointment and empowerment of women in his government.
She said the governor has made women in the state very proud.
She equally told her audience that members of the Council were on 16-day activism for the stoppage of violence against women in the state.
Responding, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, expressed appreciation to the association for the honour bestowed on him, saying the various achievements recorded, especially in the area of women appointment and empowerment, should be attributed to his wife, Chief Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu, who he said has lived her life to pursue gender equality, impact women in entrepreneurship, ICT, among others.
He was also full of admiration to the Council for its contributions to his administration’s progress and promised to do more to ensure gender equality in the state.
Akeredolu disclosed that his administration has appointed eight women into his cabinet, saying he believes in giving women space to excel.
“I thank you all for this great honour and recognition. But I don’t take praise that is not entirely mine. Whatever honour and recognition you give me today is to the First Lady. She is someone that has been fighting the women’s cause all her life “.
“I always believe that when we give women space they will do a lot. The women in this state owe her a lot. As you noted, we have a female SSG. Today in the cabinet, we have eight women. Women have never had it so good. Today, we have many Permanent Secretaries that are women. Today, the Accountant -General is a woman “.
“It is left to you now to talk to the women who are in government to see it as an opportunity to enlarge the coast for other women. They are not there for women but the interest of women must be paramount to their hearts “.
“We will not leave women behind because no woman, no nation. The countries where women are given opportunities are doing far better than where men are predominant “.