By Austin Ogwuda
ASABA â€” DELTA State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has thrown his weight behind female aspirants for various positions in the forthcoming general elections even as he admonished the women folk not to pose a clog in the wheel of progress for such aspirants to realise their dream.
Speaking at a banquet held by the state government in honour of the First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan in Asaba, weekend, the governor promised to be gender sensitive by creating equal opportunities for everybody in the state so that women could have 50 per cent representation during the elections.
He, however, urged the women â€œto supportÂ yourselves and work together and doÂ not run each other down so that you can make progressâ€.
Earlier, the wifeÂ of President,Â Dame Patience JonathanÂ while flagging off the Delta State chapter for Women for Change Initiative in Asaba acknowledging that Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State was gender friendly especially for appointing a female Secretary to the State (SSG) among others said â€œthe governor has done well but we are asking that he should do moreâ€
â€œWomen for Change Initiative would like to have female elected governors in Nigeria in 2011 minus Delta stateâ€, she stated.
The First called on women to ensure that they avail themselves the opportunity to go and register during the forthcoming nationwide voters registration exercise.
On her part, the wife of the state governor, Mrs. Roli Uduaghan said â€œthe Delta state government regards education and health as key in the emancipation and empowerment of women. I am happy to note that since the introduction of the three-point agenda, especially the human capital development arm of it, a lot has been done for women in terms of health, education and microfinance.
â€œWhile education has a positive effect on the earning capacity of both men and women, it is stronger for women. Similarly households with such women likely to have quality life in terms of education, health, nutrition and access to safe water and sanitation facilitiesâ€, she added.