By Chinwe Imo-Eze Onwosi
The Secretary to Ebonyi State Government, Prof. Grace Umezuruike, has hailed the state Governor, Francis Nwifuru for actively involving women in his administration.
The first female SSG while interacting with journalists in Abakaliki, expressed gratitude to the governor for his resolve to ensure that women in the state play prominent roles in his government.
Umezurike said Nwifuru’s newly constituted cabinet is fair to women whom she described as good managers of resources, emphasizing that her role as SSG would prioritize the protection of women’s and girls’ rights in the state.
she urged the women of Ebonyi to rally behind his administration to contribute to the development of the state.
Prof. Umezurike commended the governor for his gender-sensitive appointments and assured the public that she would diligently carry out her duties.
She stated, “It’s women’s o’clock, and a lot is being expected. First of all, I want to appreciate the governor for being gender-sensitive, and this is history he has made, and we don’t take it for granted.
“Women of Ebonyi state and beyond should expect good relationships and collaboration as long as I am in that office. I’ll make sure that whatever is due to the women of Ebonyi State, they’ll get it.
“I was highly impressed when the governor said he’ll give me every opportunity I need to excel. We will also try to encourage the women and the girl child, most importantly those who are still in the developing stage, to work hard to properly position themselves.
“We have the first female Deputy Governor, and if you look at the list of Commissioners in the state, there are many women included. In the House of Assembly, we have a significant number of women” she said.