The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Pauline Tallen, has appealed to governors, especially the new governors, to encourage more women in governance by allocating more political positions to them at the state level.
Speaking Saturday at the 2019 Edition of the Arise Women’s Conference in Lagos, Tallen, who commended Kwara State governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and his Lagos counterpart, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for giving more political positions to women in the State Executive Council, said other governors should emulate them by promoting women representation in governance at the state level.
The 2019 Arise Women’s Conference, which was the 11th edition of the annual programme to celebrate women in Nigeria, was put together by Dr. (Mrs) Siju Iluyomade, Convener and Founder of Arise Women Initiative, a faith-based Non-Governmental Organisation.
Tallen, who was a former Plateau State deputy governor, also assured the women that as Minister for Women Affairs, she would continue to push for women interests across the country
In his address, the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, who was represented by Dr. Mero Al-Makura, commended the Siju Iluyomade-led Arise Women Initiative for empowering women, which according to her is in line with her Future Assured Programme, to reach out to people at the grassroots level.
Also speaking at the event wives of Lagos, Ogun and Ekiti states; Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun and Erelu Bisi Fayemi, commended the Arise Women Initiative for supporting and empowering women through different philanthropic gestures.
In her address, Dr. Iluyomade called on all women to come together to improve villages across Nigeria. She said her organisation has done this by having as its model Dafara Adopt a village programme by building a hospital and provide qualitative health care delivery.