By Rotimi Odofin
Kogi State Governor, Ahmed Usman Ododo congratulated the women of Kogi State on the occasion of International Women’s Day and emphasized the need to include more women in decision-making processes.

In his message to mark the International Women’s Day celebration in the state, Governor Ododo praised the extraordinary contributions of women to the development of Kogi State.

While acknowledging that more work needs to be done to address challenges faced by women in Kogi State, the Governor commended the progress made towards gender equality, addressing gender-based violence and bridging gaps in opportunities for women in education, entrepreneurship and political leadership in the state.

According to the Governor,
“ Women play pivotal roles in the development of any individual, family and society.
They are the bedrock of our communities, raising families, supporting community development initiatives and driving economic growth.

“As we celebrate our women on this special day, let us reflect on how the courage and determination of women around the world have shaped human progress in civil liberties, universal suffrage and equality that defines the progress of every society.

“We must remember that despite the heights attained by women in education, medical sciences, sports entrepreneurship and leadership, women still face violence and discrimination in several spheres of life.

“We must work hard to break down these barriers and ensure that all women, regardless of their background, have the chance to reach their full potential in our society,” Ododo stressed.

The Governor noted that this year’s celebration of International Women’s Day is not just about recognizing past achievements of women but also an opportunity to invest in critical areas such as education, maternal and childcare, enhancing the well-being of the girl child, eliminating gender-based violence and improving affirmative actions aimed at advancing political and economic relevance of women.

Governor Ododo restated the commitment of his administration to devote more resources to the development of women and youth stressing that women and youth are the most critical groups that define his development agenda in the state.

“As a man who has been blessed by women who shaped my destiny and defined my progress in education and professional career, I am passionate about women’s development and enhancing opportunities for our women to thrive. I am aware that when women have access to education and affordable childcare, they are more likely to succeed at home and in the workplace.

“Therefore as the theme of this year’s celebration suggests, we are raising the level of our investment in women in every ramification and as an administration we have demonstrated that commitment with the appointment of more women in the state executive council, increasing access to healthcare for women and children and ensuring a conducive environment for our women to reach greater heights in their chosen careers.

“This is another mark of sustaining the achievements of my predecessor who made women the centrepiece of his administration in the state in the last eight years.

“We must support women to grow economically, socially and politically, and also combat violence against women, as we sustain our zero-tolerance policy for all forms of discrimination against women in our state.

“As a people, we must work together to create a safe and supportive environment for our women to thrive because when women thrive, our communities and our state will continue to thrive,” the Governor stated.

The Governor promised to continue to prioritize the welfare of the people of the state in his quest to consolidate the achievements of the immediate past administration.

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