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Governors’ Wives Urge Women’s Inclusion In Governance



Governors' Wives Urge Women's Inclusion In Governance

The wives of governors in Nigeria have urged the inclusion of women in governance as they celebrate this year’s women’s day.

In a statement by the Nigerian Governors’ Wives Forum (NGWF), the first ladies noted that March 8th is a day set aside to celebrate women around the world.

“Throughout the month of March, activities are organized to showcase the contributions of women and draw attention to the challenges they face. In Nigeria, even though many attempts have been made at Federal and State levels to raise the status of women, there is still a long way to go. Millions of Nigerian women, most of them in rural areas, struggle with poverty, lack of access to education,qualitative healthcare and basic resources such as food, water and shelter.

One in three women is at risk of one form of gender-based violence or another and insecurity in many communities has placed women and girls in particular in grave danger. As wives of governors, we support our husbands by complementing their efforts, and drawing attention to the plight of vulnerable citizens in our midst, most of them women and children.

Through our various projects as First Ladies, we engage in advocacy, awareness raising and coordination of empowerment programmes. We work with Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as with civil society organisations and development
partners to promote the well-being of women and girls.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world.

In spite of the many obstacles in their way, Nigerian women have demonstrated that they are knowledgeable, capable and experienced leaders at all levels in the political, professional, business, public and academic sectors. However systemic and structural barriers
still prevent the vast majority of women from achieving their full potential.

Cultural beliefs, mindsets and attitudes which disempower women do not augur well for the growth and development of any society. The COVID19 pandemic has stretched the capacities of many countries around the world and has widened the gender gap.


Nigerian women are now more likely to be poorer, more likely to be excluded from employment and business opportunities and more vulnerable to various forms of violence. A post – COVID19 world cannot be one that leaves women behind. That would be a disaster for any emerging economy because of the immeasurable contributions that women are capable”, they said in the statement.

The statement was signed on behalf of the Nigerian Governors’ Wives Forum by Erelu Bisi Fayemi, First Lady, Ekiti State, Chair( NGWF), Dr Amina Abubakar Bello, First Lady, Niger State,

Chair, Northern Governors’ Wives Forum and Mrs Betsy Obaseki, First Lady, Edo State, Chair, Southern Governors’ Wives Forum . They urged the federal and state governments to: Demonstrate political will to ensure that the needs and concerns of Nigerian women are addressed.

Enact laws and policies for inclusion and non-discrimination to safeguard the interests of women, and where they exist, we call for full and adequate implementation. Involve more women in policy and decision-making at all levels. Provide adequate resources for the empowerment, education and training of women and girls.

Strengthen the National and State machinery responsible for women’s empowerment so that they can function optimally. Support civil society organisations to work in partnership with the government and local communities for effective reach and impact.

“As governors’ wives, we will continue to support our husbands and remind them of their obligations towards the security, protection and empowerment of citizens, especially women. We will also engage with local communities and various stakeholders to ensure that no woman is left behind.

We will continue our joint flagship project as governors’ wives which is addressing sexual and gender-based violence, as well as our individual projects which address women’s health, education of children, mental health, economic empowerment, literacy and many other issues. As we manage the fallout from the COVID19 pandemic during these difficult times, we call on all the authorities concerned to make the COVID19 vaccine widely available, and ensure there is equity in access.

The vaccine should not be yet another resource that women do not have easy access to in Nigeria. We also urge all women to take the vaccine when it is available, we ourselves will be taking the vaccine to demonstrate that it is safe.

“To commemorate International Women’s Day, Nigerian Governors’ Wives Against Gender Based Violence is releasing an advocacy video which will be disseminated widely.

We will also be providing financial support to survivors of GBV drawn from states across the country.
We firmly believe that if women are encouraged as leaders, there will be solutions to many of our intractable problems.

The future of our country belongs to both men and women. We can no longer afford to leave one side behind by
accident or design.”

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Born on the 3rd of April, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Buhari-Idiagbon coup of December 31st, 1983.

Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.

He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.

While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

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“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.

“Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.”

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Aside from setting aside the judgement of the tribunal, the court, in its lead judgement that was delivered by Justice Mohammed Lawal, awarded N500, 000 cost against the All Progressive Congress, APC, and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola

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The PDP also referred the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to the National Disciplinary Committee over his reported involvement in anti-party activities.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.

“The PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to remain united and focused at this critical time,” the statement added.


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