The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has mourned the demise of former Bendel North Senatorial District representative, Franca Afegbua who represented old Bendel State.
Afegbua, who died aged 79 years old, was Nigeria’s fist democratically elected female senator.
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The governor issued a statement on Monday describing Afegbua as a “pace-setter, trail-blazer and visioner” who remains an inspiration for women in Nigeria and across Africa.
He said, “I am saddened by the news of the passing of Nigeria’s first democratically elected female senator, who represented Bendel North Senatorial District of Old Bendel State.
“She was an entrepreneur who championed the cause of female representation in government and gender mainstreaming at a time when it was a herculean task. She was a trailblazer who deserves to be celebrated for her bravery and exemplary exploits.”
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The governor said the death of Afegbua was a huge loss because she was an inspiration to young girls, who are in need of mentors.
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