Benin: Wife of the Edo Governor, Mrs Betsy Obaseki has admonished female Political office holders in the state to continue to live up to the confidence reposed on them by the Gov. Obaseki led administration.
Mrs Obaseki made the call at a one day workshop organized by Special Adviser to the Edo governor on Gender Issues in collaboration with the Office of the Wife of the Edo governor in Benin on Thursday.
The First Lady commended the women who were already distinguishing themselves in the various positions being occupied and called on those yet to make good their positions to do so.
“Let us not disappoint ourselves and prove the men right that we are not capable hands. The governor believe in the role of women in societal development and transforming the political sphere that is why he gave you the opportunity to serve.
“So we should live up to the confidence reposed on us. We should not be seen as bench warmers or to fill the numbers but to use our strength to bring transformation in the various positions we occupy.
She urged the female political officers to understand the vision of the present administration so that they could run with it and also be good managers of resources.
Mrs Obaseki also urged the Special Assistants to the State governor on gender issues to improve on their responsibilities and be ready to prove beyond doubts the reasons they were appointed.
In her remarks, the Special Adviser on Gender issues, Mrs Efosa Uyigue, said the workshop was to equip women in the decision making process on their functions in order to meet the demand of the job.
She urged the 18 Special Assistants to mobilize communities to support the Obaseki led administration and resist any form of victimisation in the cause of executing their duties.
“The governor believes in the role of women in grassroots development that was why he appointed a Special Adviser on Gender Issues and 18 female Special Assistants on Gender Issues drawn from the 18 Local Government areas of the state”.
“This workshop should empower you and forge you to perform better in your assignment”, she said.
The participants were lectured on work life balance, Leadership and vision, Empowering women to participate in policy and professional Etiquette in the work place.
Other presentations were on Data collection and official Report writing, Social Transformation Strategies for political Relevance and Ascendancy and Implementing a programme sustainably and at a scale.