By Lucy Osuizigbo-Okechukwu
Obiano said this during the inauguration of the executive members of the Anambra State Council of the Congress of Trade Unions (TUC), Women’s Commission in Awka on Monday.
The governor represented by the department head, Mr. Harry Udu, said that women have the capacity to transform society because they are intelligent, organized and resourceful.
“When they aspire to leadership roles and participate in politics, they will be able to contribute their quota to the socio-economic development of the state,” Obiano said.
He pledged to continue to create an environment conducive to the development of women.
Also speaking, Ms. Hafsat Shaibu, National Chairperson of the TUC Women’s Commission, urged women to take leadership positions in different capacities and to lead by example.
“Be sure to lead by example by adhering to the constitutional provisions of the council. Be a sister to a sister by imbibing the spirit of working in unity and speaking with one voice.
“Stop relegating yourself to the backseat. Always work for leadership positions, even among men, because with determination you can be anywhere.
“All over the world and in Nigeria, women are breaking the glass ceiling to reach extraordinary heights in different fields.
“We must be distinguished at all levels so that we can be worthy of emulation,” she said.
Shaibu, however, praised the governor for his support for the labor movement in the state.
In her remarks, the State Chairperson of the TUC Anambra Women’s Commission, Ms. Nneka Nwankwo, urged women to get involved in trade unionism.
She urged women not to view their gender as a weaker sex but as strategic thinkers, innovators and mentors.
“We need to work together and harness our skills to move our company forward and remember that if we don’t show our potential, no one will notice our presence.
“Let us avoid all obstacles and come out en masse to give trade unionism that important feminine touch for the better well-being of workers, our society and our children,” said Nwankwo.
Earlier in his speech, Anambra State TUC Board Chairman, Mr. Ifeanyi Okechukwu, noted that women excel in areas such as politics, sports and business.
He said: “Let us give women a chance to exercise their values and potential in politics and other sectors of government for the development of the state. (NAN)
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