Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Funmi Olayinka has urged Nigerian girls to approach womanhood with caution and dignity, in order to earn the respected of their husbands among other men.
She made the call when some female members of the Rotaract Club paid her a courtesy visit in her office in Ado-Ekiti on Monday. She said womanhood is a thing to be proud of especially when attained at the appropriate time after adequate preparation.
Lamenting the increasing rate of rape and other forms of abuses of women in some states of the federation and around the globe, Mrs Olayinka said the positive approach of the Ekiti State government to issues of gender empowerment, especially the enactment of gender based violence prohibition law, among others has helped to reduce the ugly trend in the state.
She pointed out that the Dr. Kayode Fayemi administration is committed to building enduring legacies in the areas of education, health, infrastructural development and women empowerment among other promises made by the governor during the electioneering period.
According to her, “this government lives by its words. We are aware of the promises we made to the people of the state and we are determined to fulfill all these promises without limiting dividends of democracy to any corner of the state”.
“One of the key areas we are focusing on is the development of womanhood, raising their standard and making them self reliant enough to be able to compete favorably with their male counterparts anywhere they may find themselves. It is the reason the government among others formulated policies that are women friendly and those that protect them against any form of violence”.
The Deputy Governor explained that all this government asks of our women is to be responsible in all that they do, while our girls are admonished to plan and prepare well before they go into womanhood so that they can continue to be honorable and respected in marriage.
Earlier in her address at the occasion, Leader of the team Mabel Nnorom had said the team was on visit to the South West geopolitical zone and thought it fit to visit Mrs. Olayinka whom they consider a role model in politics.
She explained that the group, being a member of the Rotary International is not political, had hitherto appreciated her style of politics from a far and decided to know her in person so that they could continue to learn from her, appealing that she continues being loyal to the boss whom she said was an envy of all; delivering goodies to the people without making noise.
Last modified: February 21, 2013