Wife of the Bayelsa State Governor, Dr Rachel Dickson on Thursday called for concerted efforts in tackling obstacles that impede the educational development of the Ijaw girl-child.
Dr Dickson made the call while declaring open a 2-day Bayelsa Women Summit with the theme “Ijaw Women Walking Tall” at the Dr. Gabriel Okara Cultural Center, Yenagoa.
She called on parents, particularly mothers to work assiduously in supporting the girl-child, towards realizing her full potential in any profession, to enable her contribute to the development of society.
Dr Dickson, who encouraged parents never to give up on their children, stressed the need for Ijaw women to take their rightful position in the scheme of things through commitment, hardwork and passion for excellence.
She also called on Ijaw women to jettison all divisive tendencies and support one another in the pursuit of their goals, noting that, mistakes in life should not be seen as stumbling blocks, but rather as formidable platforms to excel.
The 4th Bayelsa Women Summit featured lectures on different career development such as essential security tips, women in politics, academics, business, legal profession and journalism.
Mrs Nene Adala of Otuedu Community in Ogbia Local Government Area and Madam Ebimotimi Justice from Southern Ijaw were among several women that testified to the benevolence of the Restoration Government, which they noted, had empowered their families.
Also speaking, the three female members in the state House of Assembly, Hon. Gold Ingo-Iwowari, Hon. Ebiuwou Koku-Obiyai and Hon. Kate Owoko lauded the Dickson-led administration for its gender friendly posture that has earned Bayelsa international recognition.
In her lecture on Women in Politics, the Managing Director of Bayelsa Trading Company Limited and former state Women Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mrs Faith Opene urged the Ijaw women to develop themselves educationally and shun blackmail and ‘pull her down syndrome’.
Goodwill messages were delivered at the summit by state representatives of various organizations, including National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), International Federation of Female Lawyers (FIDA), National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) and the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).
BAYELSA GOV’S WIFE OPEN A 2DAYS SUMMIT FOR WOMEN …… TASKS IJAW WOMEN ON CAREER DEVELOPMENT OTHERS