Women in Ogun State have been charged to remain courageous and bold to effect positive change towards ensuring peaceful co-existence that would further inspire the attainment of desire progress at home and society.
Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs) Yetunde Onanuga gave this charge at a symposium marking the 2017 International Women’s Day Celebration with the theme, ‘’Be Bold For Change’’ held at the Valley View Auditorium, Oke-Igbein, Abeokuta.
Onanuga said one of the ways women could contribute meaningfully to the socio- economic development of the society was to increase the level of education of the girl child and by taking women empowerment programmes more seriously, adding that it was crucial at reducing gender disparity.
She further revealed that setting a day aside to celebrate women all over the world serves as a mark of honour to affirm their role in the family, society and nation, saying that the yearly event had promoted more participation of women in all spheres of life.
‘’Women have broken the demarcation line of segregation and can now be found in all profession. Women are now Doctors, Lawyers, Accountants, Managing Directors and Board Members of many business enterprises,
’’ In Ogun State we have a female Deputy Governor, six female Commissioners, nine female Permanent Secretaries and nine female Senior Advisers, among other appointment. The number of women in Governor Amosun’s cabinet shows that he values women contributions to the success of his administration,’’ she maintained.
In her remarks, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Abiola Kufile-Okonji said women in recent times had taken bold steps in asserting themselves as pillars of support that could not be ignored or sidelined by any government, disclosing that the United Nations has recognised women as catalyst for socio- economic development of a nation.
Kufile-Okonji said the support and cooperation being enjoyed by women in Ogun State was due to the gender sensitive nature of Governor Ibikunle Amosun, who was sincere enough at achieving 65 percent and 35 percent affirmative action on women participation in government.