By Abdallah el-Kurebe
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state has assured that his administration would continue to rely on the expertise of women and other vulnerable groups in the running of affairs of the state.
The Governor said this in Sokoto at the weekend when he received Mr. Sentel Barnes, the Country Director of the International Republican Institute (IRI) who paid a working visit.
“Despite cultural inhibitions, we believe our women have a lot to offer and we will go to extra length to get the best among them to render quality service to our people,” he said.
Tambuwal disclosed that his administration had initiated programmes that would empower women, youths and persons with disabilities educationally and economically, adding that since he came to power, the issue of healthcare had been at the front burner with women and children being the top beneficiaries.
He said at present, the Chief Justice of Sokoto State is a woman, and there are other women who have held sensitive positions and left indelible marks in the history of the state.
Commending the IRI for working to strengthen democratic institutions in Africa, Tambuwal said their efforts would help in promoting equality and good governance in the country.
In his remarks, Barnes said Sokoto is one of IRI’s focal states where programmes that would support political parties, civic institutions, open elections and democratic governance have been implemented.
He said they were committed to promoting the participation of marginalised groups in politics ahead of the forthcoming local government elections slated for January in the state.
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