By Suleiman Adamu, Sokoto
Hajiya Hadiza Abubakar , the Sokoto state Women and Children Affairs Commissioner says her priority is to ensure the lives of women in urban and rural areas are improved through purposeful empowerment and skills acquisition programmes.
Similarly, the Commissioner assured of encouraging women in the state to acquire knowledge as stimulant and motivator for active participation in governance for development.
” We have the capacity to be represented in governance once we have the education”, She pointed out.
Hajiya Abubakar spoke at a symposium as part of activities organized to mark Governor Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto’s 100 days in office.
She said her ministry would fast track avenue that would provide responsive window by initiating series of skills acquisition and empowerment programmes for women across the state inorder to drive the governor’s agenda for the upliftment of women to be self reliant as well promote their economic well being .
According to the Commissioner, the drive would further ensure sustained participation of women toward evolving inspiring and beneficial policies with adequate representation in power structures and decision making.
However, the Commissioner who led a team of other women to the event further noted that restriction to access to education right from the grass root was largely responsible for inactivity, low participation and representation of women in governance.
” It’s unfortunate that only one gender (male) that is dominant in government. Female gender is not adequately represented governance due largely to lack of access to education , a barrier they suffer for too long”, Hajiya Abubakar pointed out.
This, She stressed has resulted in the women folk contributing very little to development process in governance.
” If they had the education, reverse would have been the result with tremendous value addition to both policies and decision making in governance with stronger institutions and structures “, She stated.