Frontline governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC ) in Gombe State, Muhammad Jibrin Barde, has said that empowering women, youths and the girl child are central to his plans if elected as governor in 2019.
According to him, women empowerment provides a sure way to an equitable, peaceful and prosperous wealth and that is why gender equality and empowerment of women and girls are his goals and objectives.
Barde disclosed this shortly after graduating over 400 youths and women that were trained by the future assured program of the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, in collaboration with his campaign organisation.
In a statement signed on Tuesday by his Media Office, Dan Barde expressed gratitude to her Excellency for her unwavering commitment to the progress and prosperity, particularly, of women and girls as well as the youths.
He added that Gombe people are enterprising. “They just donâ€™t want a rigged system, like the current PDP Govt. What each and every of our people want is an opportunity to unleash their potential. Our people do not want handouts. They understand that they will have to work hard to earn a living. But they want a government in place that will provide a level playing ground and meet its own part of the social contract.
This is the commitment I am giving. Letâ€™s all join hands together to strive for our prosperity.
“Our job as a person seeking the office of the Governor of our stateâ€“ is to ensure that women and girls can achieve their full potential â€“socially, culturally, economically and politically. There is still a long way to go, and the clock is ticking on the count-down.
“I also understand very well that empowered women and girls are less likely to suffer domestic violence, exploitation or abuse. They tend to have fewer children, better access to services and more control over resources. Because they can make more informed decisions about their health and well-being, their children are more likely to survive and thrive.”
On what he would bring to the people if elected, Barde said they would receive better child-care, access to education and other services and opportunities noting that when more women work, economies grow faster and stronger.
“I will not be where I am today and dream of aspiring for the office of the Governor of Gombe so as to serve our people if not for the love showered on me by my mother and daughters. So I am promising to make women and do our children proud not also forsaking our youths and the elderly”.