Professor Idia Ize-Iyamu, the wife of the Edo APC candidate in the September Governorship election, has assured women professionals in Edo State of adequate support, protection from abuse, and access to greater opportunities if her husband, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is elected the next Governor of the State.
She gave this assurance while meeting with the Professional Women Group in Benin City alongside other women leaders of the All Progressives Congress, including Hon. Elizabeth Ativie, a former speaker of the Edo Assembly and the DG of APC Women Campaign Council for the election.
Prof. Idia, a Consultant Orthodontist at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), commended the women professionals as ‘superwomen’ and positive role models who have charted a path for themselves against difficult odds.
She highlighted plans contained in Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s manifesto, the SIMPLE agenda, to remove barriers limiting the professional growth of women, protect them against all forms of abuse, and offer support and empowerment, as well as access to greater opportunities.
Prof. Idia assured the women that as First Lady, she would continuously advocate their cause and ensure that their needs are met, especially as she is also a professional and familiar with the issues requiring improvement.
She emphasized the importance of group advocacy in calling attention to issues and forcing the government into action, while also advising the women to remain united and offer assistance to one another.
Hon. Elizabeth Ativie who also spoke at the meeting, said her experience as a community nurse in health centers within the state gave her an insight into the challenges faced by women professionals.
She criticized the incumbent administration over its reported failure to address these challenges and encouraged the women professionals to place their faith in the APC and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
The Chairperson of the Professional Women Group, Dr. Tawa Idubora, thanked Prof. Idia Ize-Iyamu and the APC Women Campaign Council for the visit and offered assurances that as a bloc, they will support and vote for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu at the polls on the 19th of September.