- Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state says women should be carried along at all levels of governance in the country
- The governor also stated that his administration in Kogi state has given high-level opportunities to women to serve
- The governor's ADC is a woman while the SSG and HoS in Kogi state under the governor are women
Governor Yahaya Bello has harped on the need for governments at all levels to give women a sense of belonging by allowing them to actively participate in governance, boasting that Kogi state under his leadership was a practical example of this drive.
The governor made the comment on Wednesday, December 2 while speaking at the Nigeria Governors' Wives Against Gender-Based Violence (NGWA-GBV) interactive forum held in Abuja.
A statement seen by Legit.ng sent to journalists by the governor's spokesman, Onogwu Mohammed, quoted the governor as saying he consciously ensures to practice what he preaches by giving more women opportunity in his cabinet.
He noted that he set a record by being the first state chief executive to choose a female Aide De Camp to a serving governor in Nigeria today as part of his practical approach to gender equality.
He also pointed out that the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and the Head of Service (HOS) in his first and second terms were women under his administration.
Governor Bello added that his administration has gone ahead to actively involve women in grassroots political terrain being aware of the importance of governance at that level where policies and programmes initiated are mostly implemented.
He noted that for the December 12 local government polls in the state, his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state resolved to implement the 35% affirmative action for women to engender inclusiveness.
In achieving that, the governor informed the audience that in every local government area of about 10-15 wards, between 3-4 women councillorship aspirants would be contesting on the party's platform to encourage greater women participation.
Meanwhile, all members of the Kogi state House of Assembly have called on Governor Bello to contest for the 2023 presidential election after passing a vote of confidence on the Kogi state chief executive.
The lawmakers also called on the APC to zone the position of the vice president to the southeastern part of the country.
Earlier, the Kogi state commissioner for information and communication, Kingsley Fanwo, tweeted that Governor Bello is under pressure to join the 2023 presidential race.
Fanwo said many people have asked the governor to contest the election, adding that the desire of Nigerians for a great country aligns with that of Governor Bello.
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