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Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Umaru   Fintiri has pledged to support women into attaining leadership positions in the state and the country at large. The Governor gave the assurance in his office when he received on a courtesy call the Alumni Association of Federal Government Girls College Yola (FGGC). Led by the National President Dr Chizoba Wonodi, the women appreciated Governor Fintiri for being a gender-friendly governor. Dr. Chizoba informed the Governor that his current Deputy Governor, Prof. Kalatapwa George Farauta, is one of them and has even served as the pioneer head girl of the school. They extended their gratitude to Governor Fintiri for finding one of them worthy of being made deputy because she now epitomizes being a role model to aspiring females in society. The women also appreciated Governor Fintiri for tackling the environmental hazard around FGGC Yola by awarding a contract to tackle the gully erosion threatening the citadel. In his response, Governor Fintiri appreciated their convergence and gave them the assurance of the girl child’s upliftment. He acknowledged the fact that women play a key role in nation-building and therefore stressed that they require support so that they can take up more leadership positions in society. Governor Fintiri emphasized that women should shun dubious means of attaining power through crooked means but to instead pursue it legitimately. He informed that his government is working in collaboration with the World Bank in order to support women who had earlier dropped out of school due to marriages or other issues to go back and complete their studies. The governor posited that there is no limit to the height a woman can attaining and, as such, called for the involvement of more women in politics where they can be able to vote and be voted for. The courtesy call came to an end with the leadership of the FGGC Yola Alumni Association informing the Governor of their plan to organize a grand homecoming event, the first of its kind in Yola, to which the governor was officially invited.

Report by George Kushi

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