The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has mourned the passing of the former Senator who represented Bendel North Senatorial District of Old Bendel State, Franca Afegbua.
Afegbua, who passed away aged 79 years, was Nigeria’s first democratically elected female senator.
In a statement on Monday, the governor described 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.”
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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