The First Lady of Nigeria, Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan has renewed her commitment to ensuring that Nigerian women have access to education, health care, basic legal and human rights, as well as take part fully in the economic and political life of the country.
In a release signed by the Special Assistant to the President (Media) Office of the First Lady in Abuja on Tuesday, November 27, the First Lady expressed her readiness to work for the Nigerian women while receiving in audience, a delegation of Bayelsa women, led by the wife of the Executive Governor of the state, Mrs. Rachael Seriake Dickson.
The visit, which was to explore new areas of collaboration, was described by the First Lady as a demonstration that the women of Bayelsa State are responsible stakeholders in the socio-economic and political development of, not only Bayelsa State, but the nation in general.
Dame Jonathan noted with satisfaction, the indication of the readiness of Bayelsa women to work together with her for more sustainable programmes geared towards the education, empowerment and development of Bayelsa women and children.
“This is in clear agreement with the fact that, as sincere stakeholders in the Nigerian project, we all have the responsibility to exploit all resources, towards advancing the socio-economic and political frontiers of not only Bayelsa State, but the nation as a whole,” she noted.
She seized the occasion of the visit to register her deep sympathy for the people of Bayelsa State who were unfortunately affected by the recent flood disaster experienced in many parts of the state. She prayed that, Almighty God will grant restoration to all those affected.
Dame Jonathan expressed her gratitude to the visitors especially for their genuine concern for her well being while she was recently out of the country, and for their condolence over the death of her brother in-law.
Earlier, Mrs. Rachael Dickson commiserated with the first family over the demise of Chief Meni Jonathan and prayed that God will grant the Jonathan family the fortitude to bear the great loss.
Mrs. Dickson expressed gratitude to the Jonathans, particularly the First Lady, for the good work of restoration going on in Nigeria of which Bayelsa State is a beneficiary.
“Nigerian women and children in the past had their fair share of social upheavals, political disappointments and economic hardships. However with the emergence of President Jonathan administration, and the concerted efforts of Dame Jonathan, women and children are taking the opportunities and achieving great feats in various sectors of Nigeria economy,” Mrs. Dickson declared.
In the Bayelsa delegation was a member of the House of Representatives, Hon Stella Dorgu and State PDP Women Leader, among others.