Gombe state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare has said that the state Gender and Equal Opportunities for All Persons is not for men and women to struggle for supremacy.
Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Alhaji Ishiaku Mohammed, disclosed this while speaking at the two-day review meeting of the state gender committee organised by the UN-Women in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs yesterday.
He saidthe bill would create a space for women to have equal chances with their male counterparts in terms of access to services, opportunities and societal resources for sustainable development.
“My esteemed members, this review meeting is aimed at looking over and to brush up the content of the Gender and Equal Opportunities All Persons Bill as well as to strategise ways to facilitate its passage in Gombe state
“After series of sensitisations and engagements with line stakeholders, I am happy to inform the committee members that the bill is now with all members of the executive council to make their inputs for onward reading by the exco and presented to the state Assembly,”, the permanent secretary said.
Technical Advisor of the UN-Women in the state, Mrs. Rhoda Zira-Dia, encouraged members of the various committees to work hard to ensure that the bill is passed before the end of the UN Women Project in Gombe by June this year.
Zira-Dia said the passage of the bill would determine the renewed presence of the UN women in the state.
“It is expected that at end of the review meeting, committee members will get the final draft of the bill and the work plan and next steps to fast track passage of the bill,’ she added.