The Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hon. Stella Oreme Odey has described Governor Ben Ayade’s administration a as “a veritable platform for women to thrive in Cross river State and beyond.”
The Women Affairs Boss made this known during an exclusive interview with Voplink Media, held recently in her office at the Ministry of Women Affairs Complex, Calabar.
Speaking further, Hon. Odey hailed Governor Ayade’s leadership disposition and government of inclusivity, adding that in a world where the fight for women emancipation and gender equality has taken the front burner, Governor Ayade has blazed the trail and become a leading light in the crusade for gender equality by appointing competent females into top government and other decision-making positions in the state; highlighting the present administration’s policy thrust on women from a political perspective.
On the economic front, the Commissioner said the Ayade’s government, through her Ministry, has trained several women on skills acquisition and also empowered trainees with start off packs, pointing out that beneficiaries, in turn, will become entrepreneurs and employers of labour, while the benefits that come with it also help to support their families economically and otherwise. She added that Governor Ayade’s employment of women, mostly widows, in the Garment Factory is also an enormous example of economic empowerment for the Cross River woman.
While socially, she quipped that the State Government has recorded strides through the initiative of the Wife of the Governor, Dr. Linda Ayade tagged “Cross River Women Emancipation Initiative (CROWEI),” an organization with trickledown effect on women across the State.
Odey revealed that her Ministry also proffers counseling on marital issues and violations against children, with Cross River one of the first States to adopt the “Child Right Law” in the country and poised to ensuring that child-related violations, through the State Child Right Implementation Committee and Local Government Child Right Implementation Committees, are brought to the barest minimum in the State.
She hinted that her Ministry has partnered with various relevant bodies such as the Ministry of Health, State Action Committee on AIDS (SACA), etc, to train traditional birth attendants, who are the major service providers on child delivery in the rural areas of the State.
The Commissioner thanked Governor Ayade for placing high premium on women emancipation and the massive inclusiveness of women in his administration, describing the governor as a “gender advocate.”
Hon. Odey call on women and indeed Cross Rivrians to continue to keep faith on Governor Ayade, saying, for a man who has proved his mettle and achieved so much within a short space of time, deserves the masses’ support and mandate for a second term in office, which she insisted, would be to consolidate the achievements of his first term.
She hoped that come 2019, Governor Ayade would continue to pilot the affairs of Cross River State and leading the State to becoming a source of pride and reference in the comity of Nigerian States and beyond.