As political parties participating in the September 19 gubernatorial election in Edo State, Nigeria intensify electioneering campaigns, a women empowerment-focused group, Edo Women League has unveiled plans to mobilize Edo women to vote for Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Chairperson of the group, Mrs Uwaila Osa Airueghian, told journalists in Benin City, the Edo State capital that “a vote for Obaseki is a vote for women empowerment.”
Mrs. Airueghian lauded the various strategies deployed by the Obaseki-led government to restore the pride and dignity of Edo women.
“Worthy of note, are the efforts undertaken by our amiable governor to discourage illegal migration and human trafficking in our state. We have not forgotten the series of sensitization campaigns by the governor, to churches, mosques and the palace of our Royal Father, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II.
“He didn’t stop there. He traveled to Italy and engaged leaders of that country and agencies of the United Nations, to galvanize international support towards solving the problem.
“Obaseki has put in place a robust structure that catered for the needs of Libya returnees. All these efforts have been documented and hailed by several development agencies.”
On women empowerment, Mrs. Airueghian maintained that “under Governor Obaseki, over 100 women have been appointed into positions of responsibilities as commissioners, Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants, Special Assistants and heads of agencies of government.”
She added: “Obaseki’s government has made several laws and policies that protect women and the girl child in Edo State and has mainstreamed our mothers in the markets in governance. What more can we ask for as women?
“Obaseki deserves our votes and we will go all out on September 19 to endorse him for another term in office.”