…As SDG Partners Mercy Corps on Peace Buiding
Kogi state government said its working assiduously towards achieving the SDG goal 5 of granting women Equality in the state.
The state government therefore said its decision to appoint women into key position of leadership, governance and decision making underscore its objective of meeting the SDG 5 goal.
Special Adviser to the state Governor on SDG, Mr. Nasir Ohiani stated this on Monday in Lokoja at a Roundtable Discussion on the role of women in peace Building and Governance in Kogi State organized by the office of the SDG in collaboration with Mercy Corps.
Ohiani said the program is to enable the women aired their voices so that the state could harmonised and fashioned out policy that will support their courses.
“The pointer has show that Kogi state in a very short time will achieve the SDG 5 of granting Equality to women. The state governor, Yahaya Bello has demonstrated this with the appointment of women into critical leadership positions.
“The Secretary to the State Government is a woman, the Head of service is a woman, the chairpersons of the 21 council area are women, amongst other key position. Suffice to say that the governor has done beyond the 35 percent affirmative action for women in Kogi.
“Therefore, today’s program will enables the women aired their voices so that will can chart and implement policies that will make women equity possible.
“Our idea is to empowered 30,000 women at the grassroot level of all the 239 wards. That is why we are partnering with organization like Mercy Corp whom are doing Community Innitiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP) in four of the council areas.”
Ohiani however urged other civil society groups to partner with the stage governmemt towards her drive of achieving equality for women in leadership position and economic empowerment.
The state commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo on his own said women are crucial to a peaceful society, urged the women folks to rededicate their lives to peace Building.
“When women play their role effectively, there will be peace; such as it’s witnessed in Kogi State.
“The governor of the state had invested hugely in security, but beyond that, women are the practical reasons that make peace possible in the state.”
Fanwo therefore reiterated that the state government will continue to place emphasis on the economic empowerment of women as they are key to the success of governor Yahaya Bello’s adminstration.
Deputy Chief of Party, Mercy Corp who double as the coordinator of the CIPP project, Mr. Sanni Suleiman urged the three tiers of government to always involve women in critical positions as they are key to sustaining peace.
“Women must be given the rightful position. The population of women is almost 50 percent. There is no way you can take decision by neglecting 50 percent of your population.
“We need women to drive governance and peace building. Therefore, there is need to improve the capacity building of women and provide program geared towards elevating and empowering women beyond mere holding offices.
“Women must occupy leadership position so that they can be empowered to play critical roles in peace building.”
The State Chairman, Jannatu Nasir Islam, (JNI), Ambassador Usman Bello however urged the Federal government to emulate the Kogi State government template that has fulfilled the 35 percent women affirmative at the national level.