Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The wife of Nigeria’s Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, has tasked Nigerian women to be actively involved in politics to engender good governance.
She made the statement on Friday at the Alex Ekwueme square Awka during the 2018 mothers’ summit.
Osinsanjo who tasked women on good governance, said the time has come for women to rise up to the situation and have faith in themselves to enable them to elect men and women of proven integrity they can entrust the education and destiny of their children in their hands.
While encouraging women to sustain and support themselves in politics, she observed that women bear the brunt most at home and in public life noting that women deserve all the support that they need to succeed as mothers and as career women even as she posited that most women sell their rappers and valuables to sustain their families.
She, however, commended Gov Willie Obiano for taking a decision of having 40% of women in his cabinet, stressing that it is unprecedented.
She also commended Gov Obiano’s wife for her good deeds in empowering women and children in Anambra state, urging her to sustain the tempo of her humanitarian services for the indigent and downtrodden.
Also, wife of the former president of Nigeria Mrs. Bola Obasanjo tasked women to fashion out ways to touch lives and be very instrumental in national development.
She also wished Anambra women and all the women in the southeast zone fruitful delibrations in their respective August meetings while urging them also to be change agents as well as help in commumity development.
Meanwhile, minister for women affairs and social development Aisha Al Hassan in her brief remarks condemned the general perception that women participation in Nigerian politics was abysmally poor but suggested also that women should be allowed to exercise their political rights to vote and be voted for in elections.
In her address, the wife of the Governor of Anambra State, Mrs Ebelechukwu Willie Obiano, charged women not to relent in pursuing their goals.
Mrs Obiano urged them to be change agents by increasing their personal contributions through active participation in community and national development.
She recalled that Anambra State under the able leadership of Gov Willie Obiano, had made quantum leap in recognizing and appointing women in key positions of responsibility in the last four years.
Today, with over 35% ratio in appointments in leadership positions in the state, Anambra has crossed the national threshold.
According to her, “On my part, I follow my passion by using the platform of my NGO, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ), to work for the welfare of our women at various levels. CAFÉ remains increasingly committed to improving the fortunes of our less fortunate citizens.
“You may wish to know that we have so far trained and empowered over 4000 women and youths in various trade.
“CAFÉ has built and handed over 12 decent houses to indigent widows; nine others in different communities would soon be completed and duly handed over.
“We have treated and rehabilitated 62 mentally challenged persons at our Home in Nteje. CAFÉ has, among other things, constructed 15 modern toilets in rural markets, as well as sunk 21 boreholes in communities across the 21 local Government Areas of our state.”
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue, described the event as a unique opportunity to address the prospects and challenges of sustaining women participation in politics.
“As mothers, God Almighty bestowed on us the qualities of nurturers and caregivers and as builders we take efficient delivery of public service more seriously and are more responsive to our constituents as peace builder and conflict resolution agents,” Mezue noted.
Mezue pointed out that women had contributed immensely in reshaping the political history of the world, touching lives and promoting humanity.
She observed that the Wife of the Governor, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, through her pet project; Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE) had empowered over 4000 women and youths in various skills.
She said that women participation in politics had been below 30% benchmark, but Anambra changed the narrative as women occupied 45% positions.
In his keynote address, the Training Coordinator of a Management Firm in Abuja, Mr Ekpoto Ekpoto Emmanuel, charged the society not to relegate women to the background, but allow them exercise their constitutional rights.
Emmanuel pointed out some of the challenges mitigating against women in politics which include social cultural issues, economic, patriarchal and family responsibility.
He urged women to be diligent in guarding their integrity and stand tall in their political positions.