09 December 2020 by Julian Osamoto
The Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege says the National Assembly is taking steps to increase women participation in politics.
Omo-Agege who was represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Women Affairs, Omasan Agbajoh stated this at a roundtable for Policy Makers and Stakeholders on Female Participation in Politics, organised by Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre PLAC, in Abuja.
Omo-Agege explained that the move would cover both the legislative and executive positions at the Federal and State levels to meet up with international best practices in terms of gender participation in the affairs of the nation.
“The measure has become imperative because over the 21 years of Nigeria’s democracy, the advancement of women in politics has been slow, we also intend to make a woman’s indigeneship by marriage, a constitutional issue”
“The positions would include legislators, Ministers, ambassadors, headship of MDAs and State Commissioners .
We would try as much as possible to remove every bottleneck hindering the full participation of women at the decision table.”
A representative of the European Union, Mr Alexandre Borges, Deputy Head of EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS also noted that since the inception of democracy in Nigeria, there had not been a female Governor in the Country.
He was optimistic that the electoral reform would serve a better avenue to ensure increased women participation in politics and urged political parties to open up the space for more female representation in politics.
On her part, Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Electoral Matters, Mrs Aisha Dukku, affirmed that work was on to change the narrative and assured that women would get their rightful positions at all levels of Government.
Dukku said that the meeting was apt as it would help in generating ideas from stakeholders that could be added to the electoral amendment bill.
The Executive Director, PLAC, Dr Clement Nwankwo, said the meeting was organized to discuss ways of addressing poor participation of women in the nation’s political space.
“That way, women can contest for already existing seats and also have seats that only they can contest for, so what we are saying is that there should be a creation of additional seats at the State level where you have one senatorial seat set aside for women.
” So for each State of the Federation including the FCT it automatically translates into 37 additional women in politics”