From Ayodele Ajoge, Birnin- Kebbi
Kebbi State Government has targeted no fewer than 58 thousand women in its N2.7 billion economic empowerment for women across the State.
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu announced this in a message to the flag-off of the National Women Economic Empowerment Policy Dialogue for the North-West States under the supervision of the Minister for Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Babale Umar Yauri, the governor added that Kebbi state also received N3 billion naira for Kebbi-Cares social intervention scheme of which more than fifty percent of beneficiaries were women.
The governor commended the efforts of his wife, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu for uniting women in Kebbi state as manifested in the women mega rally for APC at Argungu last Saturday as well as enhancing their socio-economic prosperity and healthcare services.
He also commended the Minister for Women Affairs for promoting the wellbeing of women folk and safeguarding the integrity of women nation wide.
In her soeech at the occasion, the wife of the Governor, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister for Women Affairs for attaching prominence to Kebbi State in the implementation of programmes with positive impact on the lives of women.
Dr. Zainab informed her guest that Kebbi state government has laid emphasis on gender parity and equity in governance and politics as demonstrated by incumbent administration for making it possible to have at least a female councillor in all the twenty-one local government councils of the state.
While flagging off the programme, the Minister for Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen congratulated Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and his wife Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu for fulfilling promise to create and enforce the law on the protection of child’s rights and violence against individuals, including Gender Based Violence (GBV).
Mrs. Tallen further commend Dr. Bagudu for promoting health status of the people of the state through her Medicaid organization, recalling that the wife of the governor supported free cancer screening for three hundred people at the National Hospital Abuja in 2019.
The Minister spoke about the importance of joint effort among local, state and federal governments, traditional rulers, religious leaders, captains of industries, gender advocates, and other stakeholders to attain the goal five of the united nations on gender equality in the society.