Obaseki receives Southern govs’ wives, hosts Udom Emmanuel
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday, received members of Southern Governors Wife Forum (SGWF), charging them on the need to support efforts at checking food insecurity.
The governor, who received the guests, led by the Chairman of the forum and wife of Osun State governor, Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola, in Government House, Benin City, said his government would sustain reforms and programmes to end all forms of gender violence against women and girls in the state.
Obaseki also received his Akwa Ibom State counterpart, Udom Emmanuel, who was in the state to seek the support of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) delegates ahead of the party’s primaries for the presidential race.
Addressing southern governors wives, the governor said his government “will continue to demonstrate the political will to support and protect young boys and girls against sexual based violence. Be rest assured that, as a government, we will continue to support your efforts along this line.”
Members of the SGWF include the first ladies of Edo, Osun, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Abia, Ogun, Ekiti, Delta, Lagos and Oyo states.”
Obaseki said: “Protection of rights is key to our administration as we have committed lots of resources to this. We already have a budget planning for gender-based violence (GBV) in our budget this year. We will continue to pull in resources to support the GVB centres across the 18 local government areas in Edo State.”
While stating that his administration is gender sensitive, Obaseki noted that he appointed eight female commissioners as a part of his cabinet.
Mrs. Oyetola on her part commended the governor for his developmental strides in the state, especially in education and human capacity development.
She said: “Your Making Edo Great Again (MEGA) Agenda is quite inspiring and it’s transforming lives already in the state.”
Also, Edo First Lady, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, said the NGWF has shown capacity to promote unity in the country, urging governors to support women in their states to run for elective positions.