By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
Wife of Edo state governor, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, has urged women to make themselves relevant politically by seeking elective offices rather taking the back seat.
She gave the assurance while addressing women at the Edo Women Summit:
Empowerment and Award Ceremony at the weekend in Benin City where he charged them to contribute meaningfully to the development of the nation.
Mrs. Obaseki said the important of women in any given society can never be underestimated because of their numerical strength adding that any politicians who neglected that, is prepared to lose an election.
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, assured women in the state of adequate representation in his government, stressing that “Let me first and foremost, assure that as long as I am the governor of Edo state, women will have priority. Yes, it may take time to have the balance, so when I found out that i do not have the number of women I wanted as commissioners, I created an opportunity for more of them to join my cabinet and I am very proud of what the women working with me are doing.
“All the remarkable achievement we are making in my government, is being spare headed by women and I thank all of you”, he said.
Obaseki said politics is a process and that he is not ignorant of their numerous contribution to the development of politics in the state assured them of adequate compensation in his government.
In her speech, the Commissioner, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Magdalene Ohenhen, said the summit was to expose the women to more opportunities and avail them a platform to commend the current administration on its effort to continue to improved women’s involvement and engagement as the state continue to move forward.
A former women leader of the party, Dr. Aisosa Amadasun, said there must be a shift in paradigm to change for a comprehensive inclusion of women in governance, politics, and other critical sectors.
She commended the wife of the state governor, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki for her economic fortunes through awareness creation and re-defining their roles in nation building.