Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has acknowledged the resilience of women in contributing to socio-economic development in the society.
Governor Ortom spoke recently when he received in audience, a delegation of the National Council for Women Society Societies, NCWS, Benue State chapter. The women were led by Mrs Theresa Dewua.
The governor said Benue women had distinguished themselves in various capacities, stating that they had continued to add value to womanhood and the development of the state in general.
He lauded the women for keeping faith with his administration and standing firm despite the trying moments.
The women were at the receiving end of dire situations, especially in the wake of herdsmen invasion of Benue communities which have rendered amajority of women and children who now live in internally displaced persons’ camps across the state, he said.
The governor pledged to support the NCWS for the construction of a secretariat and a vehicle to facilitate their activities, and directed the commissioner for women affairs and social development as well as the special adviser on local government and chieftaincy affairs to liaise with them on how best this could be achieved.
He charged the women to ensure that they get their Permanent Voters’ Card before the the end of the registration, saying it was a tool with which they could elect leaders of their choice in next year’s general polls.
Mrs Dewua had earlier told the governor that they had come to appreciate his sustained support and sponsorship of the group’s activities even without personal interaction with him.
She said the governor recognised the importance of women by the appointment of a first female head of service in the state.
According to the NCWS president, Governor Ortom ‘stands tall in women inclusion in government administration’.