Ondo State governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has said that the surest way to bring rapid development and progress to any society is to empower women.
Mimiko who spoke at the opening ceremony of a workshop on “Capacity Building for Women in Politics” organised by Women Arise for Change Initiative, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Akure yesterday, said women must be empowered for rapid development in all spheres of life.
At the workshop that drew participants from Osun, Ekiti and Ondo states,the governor said the most important variables are education and safe motherhood, saying that was why his government made free education and qualitative health service its priority.
According to him, “If we want to catch up with the rest of the world in terms of rapid development and progress, we must empower our women to be able to participate actively in nation building.
“You cannot talk of women empowerment if society does not deliberately invest in education and safe motherhood. Society must ensure that women do not lose their lives in the process of child bearing.”
The governor further noted that nature has endowed on women some responsibilities which put them at a disadvantage when it comes to competing in the men-dominated world of politics.
Mimiko averred that any serious government must deliberately craft policy that will take care of peculiarity of women, and that women, themselves, must not be shy to ask for concession as of right.
“Women involvement in politics will only come if society deliberately craft enabling environment for their involvement,” the governor said.
In his keynote address, the vice-chancellor, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, Prof. Friday Okonofua, noted that equal involvement of men and women in all aspects of development would be beneficial for the country as a whole.
Source : Leadership