Olajide Osoba, Abeokuta
Ogun State Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele has asked the Nigerian women not to only take up roles in trade unionism but also participate in active politics, as a way of contributing their quota to nation building.
The deputy governor disclosed this while declaring open the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Women Commission annual seminar, held at the ASUSS Secretariat, Leme, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
She noted that women are great pillars in the society, advising them to take up active roles in governance.
According to her, the current administration of Dapo Abiodun will ensure that women have more than 35 percent representation in his government.
”This administration was passionate about the welfare of his employees, which constitutes a large percentage of teachers, and civil servants, who are mostly women. I want assure you that all hands will be on deck to improve service conditions, as well as ensure prompt payment of salaries”
Meanwhile, the President of Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Comrade Quadri Olaleye who was represented by the National Secretary, Comrade Musa Lawal, noted that for any meaningful development to take place, the incorporation of women into the scheme of things must be structured in such a way as to ensure maximum utilisation of their skills and efforts.
He submitted that there was need for a deliberate and concerted effort to educate, encourage and empower women to participate and contribute meaningfully to development.
Also in her remark, the TUC Women Commission National Chairperson, Comrade Hafsatu Shuaib said, supporting the adoption and implementation of improved national and states’ legislation to protect and enhance the rights of women and girl-child and the application were well respected, noting that the organisation had over the years, developed, prioritised and implemented policies affecting women members, as well as maintained links with trade union women groups.
In her contribution, representative of the Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Mrs. Olumayowa Agbesola, encouraged women to engage more in trade union activities, pointing out that a nation cannot succeed without women.