Niger State Governor Farmer Mohammed Umaru Bago has stated that collaborative effort is key to effectively fight against social vices and create a safer environment for all.
He stated this when he declared open a two-day North Central Women National Sensitization Workshop held in Minna.
The Farmer Governor who was represented at the event by his Deputy, Comrade Yakubu Garba
commended the idea of the House of Representatives and other organisers of the event in addressing the pressing issues of insecurity, drug abuse, trafficking, and violence against women and children which he emphasized the need for collaborative action by all stakeholders in tackling social challenges.
He said the workshop was coming at a critical time when gender inclusivity has taken the mainstream.
While acknowledging the great role played by women in governance, the farmer Governor observed that gender equality is not just a moral imperative, but also a key driver of sustainable development and social progress.
He then reiterated that his administration will continue to promote gender equality and women affirmative action, as well as more policies and programmes that will make the Society thrive.
The farmer Governor also used the opportunity to applaud the Renewed Hope Initiative of the wife of the President, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, which is helping in addressing societal ills for a better future.
Wife of Niger State Governor, Fatima Mohammed Bago who represented the wife of Kwara State Governor who doubles as the Chairperson, Nigeria Governors Spouses Forum Prof. Olufolake Abdulrazaq said Nigeria, like many other countries, faces challenges in combating drug abuse and trafficking, and it serves as a transit hub for drug traffickers due to its location and extensive international connections.
She said combating the menace of drug abuse requires a multi-faceted approach that encompasses prevention, treatment, and support hence, the need for increased investment in prevention programmes that target vulnerable groups, including women, young people, schools, and communities as well as expanded access to treatment services for those struggling with addiction.
The Chairman, House Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Kafilat Adetola Ogbara who described insecurity, drug abuse and violence against women and children as interconnected challenges said what is required is a comprehensive and coordinated response where leaders should come together, engage in dialogue and develop strategies that will address the issues effectively.
She disclosed that the legislature is working assiduously using the tools available to ensure that all these vices are reduced to the lowest level, if not eliminated completely.
Member representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency, Saidu Musa Abdullahi, Deputy Speaker Niger State House of Assembly, Afiniki Eunice Dauda, Wife of the Kogi State Governor represented by the wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Margaret Eleojo Oyibo and DG, Maryam Babangida Center for Women Development, Dr Asabe Vilital in their separate remarks reassured of their continued support towards addressing societal ills.
The two-day workshop has the theme, “Community participation, critical stakeholders support and House of Representatives Committee on women Affairs and Social Development as essential partners in the fight against insecurity, drug abuse, trafficking, and violence against women and children in our society”.
Bologi Ibrahim
Chief Press Secretary
to the Governor of Niger State
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