Delta State governor, Mr Ifeanyi Okowa and Nigeria’s first lady, Aisha Buhari, have called for the sensitization of stakeholders on the need to empower the female gender in the country.
Speaking yesterday at launching of two books by Dame Esther Uduehi, in Asaba, the duo said there was need for an attitudinal change on gender mainstreaming in the country and ensure the empowerment of the women folk.
The books launched were “Motivational Factors In The Nigerian Civil Service” and “Global Development In Gender Mainstreaming-The Nigerian Experience”.
Okowa said that “there is an oppressive attitude within our society and we need to change, we need to re-educate our people down to the villages and towns, provide space for our women. The empowerment of the Nigerian women is driven towards the empowerment of the family as she will know what to do for the family.
“ Until they become empowered they cannot compete with the men, but the drive has to come from the women as most of them do not encourage their own, women on their part have to start putting subtle pressure on the society”.
Identifying the challenges facing the civil service in recent time, Okowa called for a review and rededication in the public service so as to meet the 21st century contemporary issues, “I am worried what kind of civil service we are going to leaving for the future generation, we need to have a real total review of the civil service and begin to plan, we have to have an appropriate number and do a rethink to move the service forward”, he said, adding’ “can a Nigerian civil servant give her best with the kind of wages we have especially if he live and work in towns like Abuja”.
Mrs Buhari, represented by Dame Pallen Tallen, commended Mrs .Uduehi for finding time to pen them, explaining that the books are valuable tools in gender mainstreaming and review of the civil service.
Chief John Odigie Oyegun, chairman of the occasion, in his remarks, said that the civil service is the engine room of the country and there was the need to stabilize it and isolate it from partisan politics, stressing that “there cannot be development unless we have a civil service that is knowledgeable, committed and be able to adapt to the passion and objectives of government”, commending Okowa for his steadfastness and commitment to the development of the state.
In her welcome address, Mrs. Uduehi, said the books were meant to contribute to the development of the country especially to the empowerment of women and celebrate the civil service in Nigeria.
SOURCE :The Nigerian Voice (local news)