In a bid to keep to keep to his campaign promises, the Niger State Governor, Mohammed Bago, has promised to appoint 100 women into various offices.
Bago, while receiving the executives of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), led by its Chairperson, Mrs. Bola Jibogun, at the Government House Minna, noted that the appointment would begin before the end of the week.
He further stated that “out of the 100 appointments, FIDA will have a coordinator and two Senior Special Assistants.”
“FIDA is part of this government, so let us join hands and work together to bring about the desired growth and development of the state.
“There are a lot of women initiatives; we are creating a lot of desks to address affirmative actions and also gender-related issues in this government and we hope the collaboration will meet the yearnings and aspirations of women, “ he added.
In her remarks, FIDA Secretary, Safura Abdulkareem, explained that as a non-partisan organisation, they protect the rights of women and children as well as stand against any form of gender-based Violence.
It would be recalled that the Niger state governor had previously called for the immediate expansion of the ministries in the state from 25 to 40.
The governor also reshuffled permanent secretaries, while he appointed new ones to man the newly-established ministries.
Some of the new ministries include are Ministry of Works and Infrastructural Development; Ministry of Home Land Security, Economic Affairs, SSG’s Office; Human Resource Development and Political Affairs, SSG’s Office; Political Affairs SSG’s Office.
They also include Ministry of Industries, Trade and Investment; Ministry of Rural Development; Ministry of Information and Strategy; Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries; Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management; and Ministry of Secondary and Tertiary Healthcare, among others.
The memo, which was signed by Head of Service, Abubakar Salisu, read in part: “I write to inform you that the Executive Governor of Niger State, Mohammed Umaru Bago, has approved the posting of permanent secretaries as contained in the attached list.
“The affected permanent secretaries are expected to complete handing and taking over formalities within one week from the date of this posting.”