Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari have called for the sensitization of stakeholders on the empowerment of the female gender in the country.
Speaking at Launching of Two books by Dame Esther Uduehi yesterday in Asaba, they said that there was the need for an attitudinal change on gender mainstreaming in the country and to 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”.
In his address Governor Okowa said that “there is an oppressive attitude within our society that we need to change; we need to re-educate our people down to the villages and towns and 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 today, Senator Okowa called for a review and re-dedication in public service so as to meet the 21st century contemporary issues saying “I am worried at the kind of civil service we are going to leave 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. Can a Nigerian civil servant give his best with the kind of wages we have especially if he live and work in towns like Abuja.”
The Governor also commended the author, Mrs. Uduehi for a job well done and charged other retired Permanent Secretaries to mentor todays and future generations of civil servants for improved development in the country and state.