By EZEKIEL DONTINNA
WOMEN across the seventeen local Government Areas of Plateau State, has described Governor Simon Bako Lalong, as a gender Champion Governor for including mainstream gender in the state budget, and Gazetting the gender with equal opportunity law, the second in Nigeria.
Speaking for the women on the occasion marking the International Women’s Day 2020, Thursday at the Women Multi-purpose Centre Jos, the First Lady, Mrs. Regina Lalong, commended the efforts of the state government for the great milestone.
Represented by the state Commissioner for Women Affair and Social Development, Hon. Rebecca Adar Sambo, said, “You would agree with me that while the campaign for gender equality that started a century ago has gathered tremendous stream, we are today not yet there but we must acknowledge the inroad made thus far particularly in our state.
“The steady strides being made in recent times particularly with regard to women inclusion in peace and security as well as their empowerment for economic growth in Plateau State would not have been possible without his fatherly and humane disposition to which we are warmly indebted and say thank you Mr. Governor.
“It is on this note that I warmly appreciate the contributions and support of our Governor and gender champion. It is also instructive to at this junction mention the commendable efforts government has made to include, mainstreaming Gender in the state Budget, Gazetting the Gender and equality opportunity law, the 2nd in Nigeria and launching the He for she campaign respectively”, She listed.
SUNDAY STANDARD reports that, not less than One hundred and four (104) women drawn from the Seventeen Local Government Areas of the state, benefitted from a special Empowerment Fund donated to them by the Plateau State Government through the state Ministry for Women Affairs and Social Development to start businesses of their choices.
Meanwhile, the Chairman, House Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. Mrs. Easther Dusus, advised the beneficiaries to make good use of the funds to develop themselves and not buying wrappers that would be of no interest benefits.