By Vincent Ujumadu
awka—Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano has called on women of the state to be watchful and vote for a government that had their interest at heart.
Obiano who spoke to a large crowd of women at the Prof Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Centre in Awka during the 2017 Mothers Summit said his government had promoted and empowered women more than any government in Nigeria.
Obiano said his administration was the only government among the 36 states of the federation that had met the 35 percent affirmative action on women’s participation in government.
According to the governor, his cabinet has over 35 percent of women, who he praised for their contribution to the development of the state, noting that they were not just favoured with the various positions, but truly merited to be appointed to such offices.
The governor said: “Women have contributed immensely in my government, and I want to acknowledge their role in the society. What I owe Anambra women for all their contributions is to perform wonders in the state as we are doing in diverse sectors, especially in agriculture, health and others.
“We have already started preparing next year’s budget, and it would please you to know that we have included the sum of N2 billion, which would be disbursed to women as soft loans.
“These monies would be given to women in agriculture and would be disbursed through Anambra Small Business Agency (ASBA).
” You only need to be a member of a church, and for the pastor of your local church to say yes that he knows you, for you to get the loan.
“This will help you to fend for your family as we already know the role of women in the society. We will continue to empower you, so when these people (other governorship candidates) come to you, you will not let them deceive you because you already know the truth.”
Obiano said that his government has done so much in just three and half years such that people were comparing him with others who served for eight years, assuring that if given another term in office, he would leave Anambra a very well developed state.