Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, made a strong case for women participation in the governance of the country.
Dickson warned that any society that fails to prepare women for leadership is taking a ride on the destruction lane.
The Governor spoke at the 2017 National Women Summit organized by the wife of the Governor of Oyo State, Dr. Florence Ajimobi in Ibadan on Wednesday.
He said that women deserve a special place in leadership in view of their contributions to leadership through support to their families.
He challenged the women present at the event and women in general not to relent in the positive roles they have played and to continue in the pursuit of worthy causes in the society.
In the Governor’s words, “For those of us who have been in the political trenches for years or for some decades now, we understand perhaps a lot more than many, the vital role that women and particularly our wives play in our careers . I am here to support the great works of Dr. Florence Ajimobi; to lend support to a worthy cause. Any state, political party and organisation that doesn’t position women correctly is doomed.”
“Seated here today are wives who have made huge sacrifices, people who have had to be hospitable to almost all the people around their husbands in their various states. For many, they have sacrificed their privacy, their time and even treasure. No political leader can claim to have succeeded without the support of the woman behind him. Indeed without their support, we won’t be here doing the kind of work we are doing.”
“Our country, for the sake of our future, and all of us who are in Leadership positions, must take seriously the issue of giving support to our women as it relates to issues of women rights, creating the enabling environment for women empowerment as well as the issue of women in politics and leadership.”
“I believe that with all the little contributions we have all been making as a country, we are almost at a new dawn, when the women of this country will offer leadership and direction and I want to use this opportunity to encourage women not to lose hope but to keep pushing on, to keep fighting, to keep fighting in support of worthy causes.”
In attendance at the events are the governors of Lagos, Osun, the host Governor, Oyo, wives of 21 state governors and the Seniour Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Matters, Hon. Abike Dabir, Sen. Jewel Howard-Taylor, wife of former Liberian President, Charles Taylor, Dr. Joice Mujuru, former Vice President òf Zimbabwe among others.