Efforts to bridge gender gap in Edo State has received a boost to 54,000 women from the three senatorial districts are set to benefit the pilot phase of the Nigeria for Women's Project, Governor Godwin Obaseki has said.
Obaseki who inaugurated the State Steering Committee and State Technical Committee of Nigeria for Women Projects at Government House in Benin City, said the project is supported by the World Bank in collaboration with the Federal Government and designed to empower women across Edo, Ogun, Niger , Taraba, Abia and Kebbi states.
Expatiating on the benefits which the program holds for women, the governor maintained that is committed to bridging the economic and social gaps that exist between men and women in the state.
"We are addressing all forms of gender gaps which have encouraged extreme poverty in the state.
"So much is being done to ensure that women and girls are empowered to become self-reliant and contribute to the economy," he said.
According to Obaseki, "when women are empowered, it has a multiplier effect on the nation's economy and poverty reduction."
He stressed the importance of a robust data base for the committees and work involved.
"We need to come up with specific action plans and monitoring mechanisms so we can measure outcomes," he urged, "and tasked the various Ward Development Committees to be part of the screening of the project beneficiaries, to allow for fair representation, he said.
In the votes of thanks, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Magdalene Ohenhen, said the ministry was passionate about the project and would ensure it succeeds.
Ohenhen commended the governor's efforts at mainstreaming women in governance and especially for ensuring that Edo State is part of the project.
She assured that the committees would act on the terms of reference given by the governor.