The State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Hon Kingsley Fanwo, who described Gov. Yahaya Bello as the most gender-sensitive Governor in Nigeria, reiterated his commitment to giving women a sense of belonging in his administration.
Hon Fanwo stated this at a roundtable discussion on the role of women in peace-building and governance organised by Mercy Corps in collaboration with Kogi State Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) in Lokoja, noted that the round table discussion was apt and came at a better time.
He disclosed that the governor has empowered women through capacity building in the State, adding that the objective is to enable them to participate actively in conflict management in their various communities.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Fatima Buba in a message, commended the efforts of Mercy Corps and Kogi State Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in strengthening relationships, influencing policies, and organizing social cohesive activities for women in Kogi State.
The Deputy Chief of Party to Mercy Corps Nigeria, Mallam Sani Suleiman gave the charge at a round table discussion on the role of women in peace-building and governance, urged women in the state to be peace change agents as a way towards contributing positively to nation-building.
Mallam Sani explained that the role of women in peace-building and governance in the state cannot be over- emphasised said no society or nation makes the desired progress when women are not given their rightful place in governance.
The Chief Deputy of Party said the round table discussion is to help assess the level of progress made and the challenges faced by Kogi women in terms of governance and commended Gov Yahaya Bello for appointing women into key positions in the State.
In his remarks, the Special Adviser to the State Government on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Nasir Isah Ohiani, pointed out that the SDG has seventeen goals with a view to increasing developments in the rural areas.
Ohiani said the round table discussion is centred on the need for women to be properly equipped with more skills and knowledge on how to perform positively in governance and peace-building if given the opportunity.
The Special Adviser described women as agents of change, disclosed that the meeting was another efforts to deliver action plans towards driving women issues in the State.
The SDG boss added that the position and emphasis of SDG on gender equality, women empowerment, inclusion in politics and decision making remains a top priority of the SDG goals.
He commended Mercy Corps for showing tremendous commitments towards conflict management and women’s issues in the State while commending the Command for the value added partnership.
A participant at the occasion, Mrs Felicia Elujuka said the round table discussion was timely and that she has gained from the round table to enable her to preach unity in her community.