Wike Plans New Women Dev Centre

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike (left), with Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose (middle) and former Acting National Chairman, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus (2nd right) and others, during the inspection of the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park project in Port Harcourt, recently.

As the state marks its Golden Jubilee Anniversary, Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has disclosed plans to build a state-of-the-art Women Development Centre.
He gave the hint during the Women’s Day celebration of the state’s 50th anniversary held at the Dr. Obi Wali International Conference Centre, yesterday, in Port Harcourt.
Wike stated that the complex was one of the ways to encourage women capacity development and stamp their mark as major contributor to governance of the state.
He, however, observed that women need to put fear behind and rise to the challenge of asserting themselves and getting what belongs to them.
The governor noted, “Nobody gets power on a platter. Leadership is not easy, so, women should be prepared to take up responsibilities.”
Wike maintained that his administration holds women in high esteem, and as key players in governance following the appointment of women in top positions in his administration.
Despite these, he submitted that women need to earn their mark, emphasizing that, “For me, if I see that a woman has the capacity and she is competent, nothing will stop me from appointing such woman into position of authority.”
He advised women to stop being stumbling blocks to their fellow women, especially those in leadership positions, maintaining that this was one way to raise their profile and presence in governance and politics.
Earlier, wife of the governor, Justice Suzette Eberechi Nyesom-Wike, had hailed women for their contribution toward making the state great.
She expressed the view that the Golden Jubilee anniversary affords the womenfolk opportunity to take stock of the journey so far, as she challenged them to, “work extremely hard” to surpass their achievements in the past.
Justice Wike said, “We have to work harder than the men. Women should display leadership and entrepreneurship qualities and put their best natural endowment to work”.
Chairman of the occasion, Ann Kio Briggs, observed that women have played major roles in the state before Bayelsa was carved out of old Rivers State.
While listing the contributions of women such as Mrs Graham Douglas, and Patience Jonathan, the Niger Delta activist urged women to do more considering changes in the society and other political factors.
She commended Governor Nyesom Wike for giving women their rightful place in his administration, and assured the governor that all attempts to frustrate his government will fail with the citizens behind him.
In his address, Chairman of the State’s 50th Aniversary Committee, Chief Ferdinand Alabraba, praised Rivers women for their hard-work and consistency in seeking good governance, as he commended their contribution to the state’s development.
Alabraba assured that the Wike-led administration will continue to give womenfolk their rightful place, adding that it was for that reason that the programme was organised to celebrate them.