By GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN—EDO State Governor, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, has expressed dismay over the increasing cases of infant mortality in the state and promised to ensure that modern facilities were provided in state hospitals to check the trend.

Governor Oshiomhole, who spoke at the National Council for Women Societies of Nigeria election for Edo State Executives held in Benin City, said the state government was determined to enable women take advantage of modern facilities in the state’s hospitals.

He said Edo State was providing free antenatal services for pregnant mothers, as part of efforts to assist women.

He said: “We are determined to ensure that women take advantage of modern facilities in our hospitals and we have a balanced gender policy because empowering the women is the smartest thing to do, in the interest of the nation.”

He noted that in the state, the Head of Service, Commissioners for Health, Culture, Youths and Sports and Women Affairs are women.

Noting that there are more opportunities for women in his government, Oshiomhole said 45 percent of the Permanent Secretaries and 50 percent of judges in the state are women.

The governor commended the women for being able to conduct a free and fair election and advised them to always keep to the rules of ensuring that the votes count.

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