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Edo First Lady tasks FIDA on women, children’s rights

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BY SIMON EBEGBULEM

FIRST Lady of Edo State, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki has called on the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) to intensify its effort in helping women and children fight for their rights, saying that the state government would soon commence sensitization cross the state on women and children rights.

W​ife of the President of Nigeria & Founder, Future Assured Initiative, Hajiya Aisha Buhari (middle​); wife of the vice President, Mrs. Oludolapo Osinbajo (4th right); representative​ of the Governor of Lagos State & Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) idiat Oluranti Adebule (3rd right); wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (4th left); wife of the Governor of State of Osun, Mrs. Sherifat Aregbesola (3rd left); wife of the Governor of Edo State, Mer. Betty Obaseki (2nd left); wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs Olufunso Amosu (left); wife of the Governor of Imo State, Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha (2nd right); wife of the Governor of Oyo State, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi (right) during the flag-off of empowerment programme organised by National Directorate of Employment (NDE) and Future Assured Initiative, at Police College, Ikeja, Lagos, on Thursday, 24 November, 2016.

The First Lady who stated this when members of the FIDA paid her a courtesy visit at Government House Benin City, said government would prioritize the issue of welfare of woman and children in the state, just as she expressed the determination of the present administration to move the state to the next level.

Mrs Obaseki also acknowledged the group for their passion and for identifying with the present administration in its determination to move the state forward, adding: “We appeal to you to “work with the state government because we are going to commence advocacy programmes across the various Local Government Areas to sensitize women of their rights. Meanwhile, FIDA chairperson, Mrs. Edeke Maria Omozele said the group’s activities included seeking legislative reform to facilitate passing the bill on equal opportunity aimed at guaranteeing women elevation in political positions.

“We also collaborate with security agencies and the Ministry of Women Affairs to seek legal justice on issues of violence against children and the vulnerable. And we also intend to execute ad advocacy campaign in Esan Land which will enable children to have a stake in their parent’s estates because that has been the problem being faced by our women in that part of the state” she stated.

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