The Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has expressed his administration’s commitment towards continued empowerment of women in the state.
Mohammed, who was represented by his Deputy, Mohammed Auwal Jatau, made this known at the 2023 National Women’s Conference organized by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials held at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos, on Thursday.
The governor explained that his administration is committed to the cause of empowering women in a bid to achieving gender equality.
He described women as the backbone of the society and pointed out that Bauchi government is championing the welfare of women.
According to him, the present administration in Bauchi has collaborated with the United Nations Children’s Fund and religious institutions towards refining the existing systems to uplift the standard of living of the Almajiri children and others facing harsh realities in the society.
He listed some of the key policy measures taken to include the passage of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law, domestication and adoption of National Gender Policy, among others.
The governor regretted that gender inequality remains a pressing issue, which is hindering the nation’s progress, hence the need for prompt action to eliminate the various obstacles facing the women.
He stated that the present administration is poised to making quality education accessible and affordable to every girl child, in addition to equipping them with knowledge and skills to excel in any field they choose.
He praised Bala’s dedication towards empowering women, promoting gender equality, and fostering a spirit of collaboration among states.
“Today as always, we recognize the pivotal role that women play in our society, they are the bedrock of our families, the backbone of our communities, and the driving force behind our nation’s progress. It is therefore high time we acknowledge the immense contributions they make day-in and day-out to build a stronger, more prosperous Nigeria,” he said.
He, however, called for effort towards tackling the pervasive issue of violence against women, stressing that, no woman should live in fear or face abuse in any form.
“We must strengthen our legal frameworks, establish efficient reporting mechanisms, and increase public awareness to eradicate gender-based violence. We must create safe spaces where women can speak out and receive the support they need,” Jatau said.
He assured that the Bauchi government is resolute in creating an enabling environment that encourages entrepreneurship and foster economic empowerment for women in addition to access to capital, business training, and mentorship programs to support women-owned businesses.