Governor Biodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State has affirmed that his administration is committed to surpassing the 35 percent representation goal for women in both elective and appointive positions, aligning with the state government’s equal opportunity policy.

During a working visit to the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Pauline Tallen, in Abuja on Friday, the governor assured that Ekiti women, with their inherent capacities, can excel in any position of responsibility. He pledged his administration’s support to women and emphasized tapping into their unique abilities.

This meeting was a component of the Governor’s broader visit to Federal Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, as well as Development Partners across the country.

This was contained in a statement by Mr. Yinka Oyebode, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor in Ado-Ekiti.

Governor Oyebanji said gender balance and women related issues were part of his government’s working plans adding that his administration had started well with the choice of a woman as the State Deputy Governor and another as Secretary to the State Government.

According to Oyebanji, women have ability to see things far ahead and decern things much better than men.

He commended the achievements recorded in the area of women development by former Governor Kayode Fayemi and his wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, promising to build on the records especially gender mainstreaming and affirmation.

Responding, the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen lauded Ekiti State Government contributions in women related issues particularly its Gender Based Violence law, which she was has been quite effective in curbing domestic and sexual abuses.

The Minister disclosed that about N3 billion naira has been earmarked by Nigeria for Women Project, adding that the largesse would spread to all states of the Federation.

Mrs Tallen assured the Governor of necessary support for the state.
“I know you will continue the good work of your predecessor and do more. You already have a woman as deputy governor and a woman as SSG, That is a good way to start. Kwara State has the record as the state with highest number of women in government. Try and surpass Kwara State in this regard. “

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