From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
Niger State Governor and Chairman North Central Governors Forum (NCGF) Abubakar Sani Bello said Nigeria’s socioeconomic and political development is unattainable without the full contribution and participation of women in governance.
The Governor in a statement by his chief press secretary, Mrs. Mary Noel Berje noted that, as the foundation of human development, women possess the pedigree and wherewithal to be in the forefront to put this country in the right trajectory of growth and development without bias or sentiment.
Governor Bello, who joined the rest of the world to mark the year 2021, International Women’s Day, said women are more resilient, hardworking, less corrupt and truthful in handling issues of public service in the overall interest of everyone.
The Governor admitted that there is the need to give women more opportunities to hold elective and appointed political offices in the country in line with the Women empowerment affirmation protocol and the Geneva Convention of 1977.
He stated that, although they are falsely regarded as the ‘weaker sex’, women are physiologically and mentally stronger than men stressing that they must be accorded special respect and protected against all forms of societal vices and discrimination.