Gov. Aregbesola says no meaningful development without women

Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun said on Friday in Ile-Ife that no meaningful progress could be achieved without women’s active participation in the socio-economic and political affairs of the nation. He spoke at the first in the series of women empowerment sponsored by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, in partnership with the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) and Hephzibar Innovative Network. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that more than 200 women are participating in the month-long training in the various vocations at Oba Okunade Sijuwade Memorial Hall, Enuwa, Ile-Ife. Aregbesola, who was represented by Deputy Gov. Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, congratulated the beneficiaries for being selected for the programme. He said women should have access to education, healthcare, employment and be protected against violence. The governor also called for active participation of women in decision-making at all levels of government. Also speaking, Women Affairs and Social Development Minister  Aisha Alhassan noted that the programme would enable participants to create jobs and help them to address economic challenges. The minister, who was represented by Mrs Anetu Aliu, a Director