By Mosunmola Ayobami,Kwara
Thousands of women from various backgrounds on Tuesday passed a vote of confidence in the leadership of Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.
They commend his first-of-a-kind gender inclusion in political appointments and programmes designed to lift as many women as possible out of the poverty line.
At a rally held at the Kwara State Stadium Complex, women in politics, business, entertainment and sports gathered in their thousands to express support for the governor’s gestures which they said were unprecedented in the history of the state.
They cited his gender-friendly cabinet, social investment programmes, health and education projects and attention to basic amenities that ease things for women.
Organised by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Women empowerment, Hajia Bolanle Ismail, women groups in different attires were unanimous in their calls for AbdulRazaq to run for another term.
They said the governor had achieved remarkable successes in education, healthcare, road infrastructure, support for farmers and provision of basic amenities in the last two years.
In her address to the mammoth gathering, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Deborah Aremu, said the administration had made a huge difference in the lives of the people, especially women.
“His Excellency has achieved so much in the past two years. These cut across women inclusion and empowerment, health care, infrastructure, security, welfare, agriculture, environment, sports, arts and culture, capacity building and development as well as social justice.
“Governor AbdulRazaq’s achievements are visible for all to see. This is true for women as it is for other segments of the state.
“Apart from gender inclusion, some specific pro-women interventions include signing into law the violence against persons prohibition bill to further create a social support system for victims of sexual and gender-based violence in the state; renovation of children reception centre, the establishment of sexual assaults referral centre at Oko-Erin, women empowerment and skill acquisition programme,” she said.
Hajia Bolanle Ismail, on her part, explained that the rally was organised to show support for Governor AbdulRazaq whom she said had proven to be the most gender friendly governor in Nigeria.
Dr. Shaadat Yetunde Yusuf, another attendee, said the mega rally was to publicly declare women’s support to Governor AbdulRazaq, saying the governor had done extremely well especially in terms of women empowerment and inclusion in the decision-making process.
Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Saadatu Modibo Kawu said Governor AbdulRazaq has been doing great things for women in state.
Princess Abolanle Abidemi of the Kwara State Like-minds Women Forum said it was obvious that the administration has given voice to women like no other government in the history of the state and it was only fair to stand by him.