(By Iheanyi Ezinwo)-The provision of an enabling environment for women to participate in the political process in such a manner that has never been seen in the history of Rivers State has been described as an eloquent testimony of Governor Nyesom Wike’s belief that women have a lot to offer as builders of the society.
This observation was made by Hon. Achinike Wonodi, former chairman of the Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, who added that the state needs that experience women have and that Governor Wike is tapping in to it.
Hon. Wonodi further noted that the deputy governor, all the vice chairmen of councils and an unusually high number of women councilors are serving in the present administration of Governor Wike, a development which demonstrates the governor’s ambition to upgrade participation of women in politics up to 50 percent, more than the 30 percent participation given to women by the immediate Peoples Democratic Party administration at the centre led by Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
The politician, currently the Organising Secretary of Wike Solidarity Movement however urged the new council chairmen to follow in the good examples of the governor in project execution, now that they have the mandate of the people as elected executive chairmen, unlike the caretaker regime when appointed chairmen were limited in their mandate and operations.
He declared that both the governor and the Peoples Democratic Party is gender sensitive, and that Wike has proved his love for Rivers people by executing new impact ful projects and completing others he inherited.
The engineer turned politician called on Rivers people to come together and support the administration of Governor Wike, the one they have seen and not be deceived by the promises of uncertain future by the opposition.