|First Lady of Nigeria, Hajiya Aisha Buhari|
A 3-day retreat recently organized for wives of Local Government (LGA) administrators and other women leaders in Kogi State (North Central Nigeria), at Reverton Hotel Lokoja, by Kogi Women and Youth Advancement Foundation (KOWYAF), an initiative of the first lady of Kogi State, Her Excellency, Mrs. Rasheeda Bello is aimed at defining the role of women in driving the New Direction and Agenda of the Executive Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and enable women to take up their roles and responsibilities at the grassroots.The primary purpose of the event is to create an atmosphere that will ensure the integration, cooperation and relationship between the offices of the 1st Lady of the State and Wives of Local Government Administrators in Kogi State.
|Her Excellency, Mrs. Rasheeda Bello, First Lady of Kogi State|
Administrators’ wives and women leaders are not only expected to replicate KOWYAF’s activities at the local government level, but to develop projects amongst themselves, especially with reference to the peculiarities of their areas, and implement them to impact positively on the generality of the people.
The retreat drew representatives from the different levels of government who spoke on the need for women to be educated and play their needful roles in the society.
|His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State|
Special Guest of Honor and first Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Her Excellency, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, represented by Dr. Pauline Tallen also spoke extensively on the role that women should play in enhancing a synergy between the offices of the Wives of the President, State Governors and Local Government Council Chairmen in Nigeria. This is equally done in line with the implementation of the Future Assured Program (FAP) of Her Excellency, Mrs. Aisha Buhari.
|Mrs. Paulen Tallen, Representative of the First Lady|
The retreat took place to also enhance participants’ knowledge at creating effective visible and positive change in the standard of living of women and also address inequality, vulnerability, unemployment and poverty among women, thereby contributing to the socio-economic and political growth of Kogi State.