Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has said his administration will collaborate with the federal government and relevant organisations to tackle gender-based violence and all vices affecting women and children.
The governor was speaking while receiving in audience the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, who was on advocacy visit to interface with government and other stakeholders in the state over the weekend
He described the minister’s visit as timely in view of the spike in cases of rape, gender-based violence and child abuse which bedevilled the state and the country, especially during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Yahaya said, given these unfortunate happenings to children and the womenfolk, the Nigerian society appears to be tilting towards moral bankruptcy which is inimical to the cultural values and heritage of the people.
“As a mother, you naturally have to be more concerned than all of us but we are equally concerned; we must therefore work assiduously in order to address these issues and cover these gaps so that our children and grandchildren grow up to live in a happier and better world.”
Governor Yahaya also pledged to work in consonance with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs to checkmate incidences of violence against women in the State.
The governor, who described women as the backbone of political emancipation in the country, assured that his administration will continue to expand the political space to accommodate more women in governance, especially as the state prepares for the December 19th local government election.
“Without the women, a great portion of our political train will be cut off, so we shall continue to engage and involve them in politics and governance”.
Governor Yahaya said the measure his administration has taken in respect to girl-child, adult and non-formal education programmes was such that the interest of women is accommodated and protected.
“If Gombe state can produce vibrant and quintessential amazons in the likes of Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Zainab Bulkachuwa, former President of the Court of Appeal and Aishatu Jibir Dukku, then you can understand that there is no limit to what our women can achieve given the necessary support and encouragement,” he said.
Speaking, Pauline Tallen appealed to Governor Inuwa Yahaya to raise the bar in women participation in politics in Gombe state, especially as the state prepares for the local government elections.