Nigeria has never had a female governor, president, senate president… KDI observes

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No Nigerian woman has even been president of the Federal Republic, neither has she been governor of any of the 36 sub-national entities nor has she been president of the Nigerian senate NEGROIDHAVEN can report authoritatively.

This was part of disclosures made during a two engagement session in to Nigerians especially women resident in Calabar the Cross River state capital metropolis.

A civil society organisation, namely, Kimpact Development Initiative, KDI used the opportunity of the consultative session to call on women to take active participation in electioneering campaigns, and politics in Nigeria.

KDI saddled with the responsibility of facilitating dialogue on the development of a multisectoral action plan for promoting women’s Political participation in Cross-River and beyond made the appeal, at a one day leadership training in Calabar, Cross River State capital.

One of the resource persons and senior programs manager, KDI Oluwafemi John Adebayo in his address titled “Understanding Gender Parity and the implications of Unequal political participation, Ahead of 2023 Elections”. Said “Women should take active part in politics and this will create a platform for female candidates to synergize and identify each other’s potentials”.

Participants at the event in Calabar

He said “There is a greater need for women to come to politics in Nigeria, we have never had a female governor, female president, not even a female senate president.

“When we talk of the head of the family, we say it is the man. But I am saying that it is when you lose value, that is when you begin to tell people that you are the head.

“Women come out and participate in politics, I know some women are afraid of victimization but let’s learn to stand up for our rights, we need that extra push so that a woman can also have a say in politics. It seems the politics of Nigeria is being stereotyped but I dare you women to go out there and make a change, change the narratives”, he said.

Also speaking Mercy Abiem, the Project Officer KDI informed that inorder to improve the participation of women participating in politics more needed to be done.

According to her “The people need to be sensitized and identify key priority and also engage citizens in order to improve women’s participation in Politics.

“The program is to gather support and increase women’s participation in elections ahead of the 2023 elections.

“To meet with critical stakeholders like religious and traditional rulers and women in politics women CSOs, including the media to get idea and share opinions. We want to get Women involved in the process even as leaders and as voters “, She said .

During the events participants were divided into groups to develop a “Practical” action plan to support women political participation towards the 2023 general elections.

 

EDITORIAL

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