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Aisha Buhari reiterates commitment to women issues


The Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari on Tuesday said she would support any issue that seeks to promote the development and well being of women in the country has reiterated her commitment in supporting women in the country.

Mrs Buhari made the remarks in Kaduna at the 55th Anniversary of the formation of Jam’iyar Matan Arewa, a socio-political movement of women in Northern Nigeria that started in 1963.

The president’s wife, who was represented by wife of Nasarawa State Governor, Mairo Almakura, said women deserve every support to attain their potentials in life and to contribute to national growth and development.

According to her, the anniversary would galvanise the group to undertake programmes that would add value to the lives of women in the North.

Mrs Buhari pledged to support any laudable initiative by the group and other women organisations nationwide to promote women engagement in politics, economy, commerce, education and all other aspects of life.

Earlier, Aishatu Sadauki, chairperson of the committee set up to resuscitate the Jam’iyar Matan Arewa, said their aim was to come up with women-centered programmes that would meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

She said that their focus would be in reducing poverty and hunger and ensuring universal health coverage and sustainable environment.

She explained that the aim of the group is to promote togetherness,
improve living standards of members and encourage self help.

“Our mission is to unite Northern Nigeria Women and make better their lives by encouraging poverty eradication, healthy life style through economic empowerment.”

Also speaking, wife of Niger state governor, Hajiya Amina Bello, who is also the vice chairperson of Northern governors wives forum, pledged support to the group and all women in the region “until their voices are heard.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that wives of the governors of Sokoto, Katsina, Taraba, Zamfara and Kebbi were also present at the event. (NAN)

Group advocates interventions to tackle plight of young girls in North-East


Plan International Nigeria, an NGO, has called for interventions from government and concerned organisations to tackle the plights of adolescent girls in the North-East and Lake Chad region.

Dr Hussaini Abdu, the Country Director of the NGO, made the appeal at the public presentation of “Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Voices from the Lake Chad Basin” in Abuja on Thursday.

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that promotes children’s rights and equality for girls with headquarters in Canada.

The country director said that the organisation had been advancing children’s rights and equality for girls, adding that the organisation supports children’s rights from birth to adulthood.

Abdu explained that research findings from the affected area revealed that the girls needed more than the routine donation of humanitarian supplies.

He said that understanding peculiarities of the support needed by the girls and its extent prompted the NGO to dig more into how the adolescent girls experienced the crises.

The country director stated that the survey also found out how the girls were coping with their peculiar experiences and the kind of support they needed.

According to him, the findings present a more disturbing situation than has been previously disclosed to the public.

“The adolescent girls are exposed to violence and other forms of abuses in several fronts than had been previously known.

“The study on the peculiarities of the girls, aged between 10 and 19, revealed that they are susceptible at home environment just as their outside of their homes.

“The protection some would take for granted at home and in some instances does not exist just as they are in perpetual fear of the militants and also in constant fear of domestic violence at home,” he explained.

Women call for solution to human trafficking


African Women Intercultural Dialogue (AWID), on Monday called for a concerted effort to find lasting solution to human trafficking.

Mr Cookey Iwuoha of AWID made the call in Abuja at a news conference on its forthcoming conference to be jointly organised by AWID and All Africa Media Network, Pan African Trade Fair Nigeria Ltd. and Leadership Development Foundation for Civic Literacy.

Iwuoha called for a policy blueprint that would review and transmit the social beliefs, knowledge, customs, skills and languages that weaken women’s social capital in Nigeria and Africa, making them the targets of human trafficking.

He said that the conference was therefore a platform for discussion and investigation of cultural practices the menace of trafficking.

“The focus is on the basis of human existence and social organisation as well as forms of social arrangements that unconsciously support the dis-empowering place of women in developing societies and consequently support all forms of violence against women in the large social structure.

“The goal and long-term aim is to provide a policy briefing insight for cognitive reflection and deliberation among leaders of thoughts in various fields targeted at generating an educational and policy blueprint.

“The 2018 edition of AWID is an effort to find lasting solution to human trafficking issues and will hold on Sept. 25in Abuja, he said.

Iwuoha said that the conference would also help to accommodate in its discussion the preservation of positive cultural norms as well as benefiting from comparative insights between cultures in its ever continuous evolution.

“The AWID conference theme will be “ Calling on African women policymakers and influencers to action against cultural realities aiding women trafficking and knowledge drain’’.

He said that the conference was aimed at generating a trans-conceptual solutions in eliminating the complex problem of trafficking in the African society.

Iwuoha said that the 2017 AWID conference, which took place in April in Accra Ghana was a huge success as described by all the participants.

He said that Nigeria was chosen for this year’s conference because of its recent placement on Tier 2 Watch List of U. S. Department of State monitoring trafficking in persons.

He said that Nigeria was also chosen for the conference because “it is the most populous nation in Africa which calls for a holistic effort from all to fight the emerging trend of trafficking offence in Africa.’’

The programme is supported by National Association of Liberated Tigers (NALT), Footprint to Africa Media Development, Woodin and National Center for Women Development. (NAN)

ASD reduces cost of nomination forms for youths, women


The Alliance of Social Democrats (ASD) has reduced the cost of nomination forms for youths and women by 50 per cent and 25 per cent respectively.

The National Chairman of the party, Mr Emeka Okengwu, made this known in Akure on Thursday at the inauguration of the executives of the Ondo State chapter of the party.

ASD is one of the new political parties registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Members of the state executives of the party include Mr Adeola Kayode, State Coordinator; Mrs Yemi Oweh, Secretary; Mr Ayanfe Adeleke, Treasurer; Mrs Victoria Osanyin, Women Leader; Mr Ade Emmanuel, Youth Leader; and Mr Peter Rasheed, Legal Adviser.

According to Okengwu, the reduction in fees is to enable youths and women to aspire to positions of leadership in the country.

“The party is a platform for young men and women with principles and good ideology to contest elections,’’ he said

Represented by the Southern Zone National Deputy Chairman of the party, Mr Akin Akinbobola, Okengwu said the reduction in fees was to empower women and youths in the country.

Okengwu said that the ASD was a revolutionary party established to actively involve Nigerians at the grassroots to change the face of politics in Nigeria.

He said that the party would create a new life for the people.

Okengwu also said the expression of interest forms were ready and affordable by youths and women.

Kayode said that the party was committed to the ideals of social democracy which promotes private enterprise with the support of the public sector.

According to him, the party will give Nigerians a leadership and governance structure that will guarantee the security of lives and property.

He advised women and youths not to sell their votes but ensure the emergence of credible leaders.

Speaking with newsmen, Mrs Victoria Osanyin and Mr Ade Emmanuel, the State Women and the Youth Leader respectively, urged women and youths to seize the opportunity of the party to actively participate in politics. (NAN)

Activist urges women to support female aspirants in 2019


Mrs Gift Agbo, a rights activist, has urged women in the country to give maximum support to women seeking elective positions in 2019.

Agbo made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Nsukka, Enugu State, on Thursday.

She said that women were better financial managers than men, adding that there would be less frivolities and sqaundermania of public funds with more women in elective positions.

“Until women in elective positions reach 35 per cent and above, the nation’s economy will continue to suffer mismanagement.

“I am not saying this because I’m a woman but it is the truth which everybody knows.

“In many families, it is the small amount of money the husband gives the wife that she manages judiciously to take care of the family.”

Agbo said that the lack of necessary support for female aspirants from their fellow women had helped to deny women of elective positions, including governorship and presidency positions.

“We have educated Nigerian women who have distinguished themselves in both national and international appointments.

“The obstacle against women clinching governorship and presidential positions in this country are their fellow women who see them as under-dogs.

“Some people will say that the problem of women in politics are men but it is a lie.

“If women are reluctant to support their fellow women, how do you expect men to support us?

The activist urged women to take advantage of the 2019 polls to change the narrative and rally full support for women vying for elective positions.

“The support should start with the party primaries. Female delegates should vote for their fellow women as well as try to convince men to vote for women.

“Women should resist monetary inducement by men either during the primaries or general elections,” she said.

Agbo wondered how long women would continue to play the second fiddle to men and admonished women to rise and take their rightful place in the nation’s political space. (NAN)

Okei-Odumakin wants more participation of women in politics


An activist, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, on Monday called on women to aspire more for leadership positions through active participation in politics.

Okei-Odumakin, President, Women Arise for Change Initiative, an NGO, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) in Lagos.

She said women needed to make themselves visible in the political space in order to contribute more to nation-building.

The activist acknowledged that participation of women had improved over time, but pointed out that the level still left much to be desired.

She called for the liberalisation of the political space to encourage more women to be involved in the process.

The activist also decried the traditional, religious and cultural factors inhibiting the participation of women in politics.

“Although there has been an improvement over the past of couple of years, the participation of women in our political space is still far below average, compared to what obtains in other democracies both in Africa and in the west.

“There is the need to liberate the political space by increasing the number of positions that must be occupied by the women, starting with the observance of the 35 per cent affirmative action.

“Cost of seeking nomination and participation in party primaries must also be reduced to largely accommodate more women who have intention of going into politics and governance,” she said.

Okei-Odumakin said her NGO would continue to champion and invest in advocacy and educational programmes to liberate women politically.

On the Sept 22 elections in Osun State, Odumakin urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to do its best to ensure its successful conduct.

She, however, said INEC could not do it alone, and called on stakeholders, including security agencies and the political class, to collaborate with the commission to make the election free and fair.

The activist charged the civil society to play their role in educating the electorate to vote according to their conscience.

She described vote-buying as an aberration in a democracy, urging voters to shun such practice. (NAN)

NOA Director tasks women on youth development


Mrs Dolapo Dosunmu, the Oyo State Director of the National Orientation Agency(NOA), has called on women to provide effective parental care in order to promote youth development.

Dosunmu made the call on Friday while delivering a lecture at the National Biennial Conference of Pastors Wives Ministers Fellowship organised by Foursquare Gospel Church, Ajebo, Ogun.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the theme of the lecture was: “ The Role of Women of Wisdom in Youth Development.’’

Dosunmu said that inadequate parental care topped the list of problems confronting youths in the country.

”This underscores the fact that a woman, who is the first parent a child recognises, occupies a critical position in the development of the child.

” Provision for the needs of children, education, protection, discipline, modelling and training–both spiritual, moral and home training– are the basic duties of mothers in the development of the youth, ” she said.

Dosunmu urged mothers to monitor their children ’s behaviour and deal decisively with any form of deviant behaviour.

She also admonished women to steer clear of immorality as children often emulate them.

”Restrain your children from associating with children of questionable character and teach them to do the right thing regardless of what other people may be doing.

”Find time for your children regardless of tight schedules and discipline them whenever they do or say anything bad.

`’Do your best to supply the basic needs of your children even if their father is incapacitated,’’ she added.

Mrs Olubisi Meduoye, the wife of the General Overseer of Foursquare Gospel Church, said the conference was an avenue to sensitise women on the need to play their maternal roles effectively.

Meduoye said that youth development was a prerequisite for the growth of every nation.

No fewer than 3,000 women from the 36 states of the federation attended the conference. (NAN)

2019 : Women will give Nigeria new direction — Rep. aspirant



A Federal House of Representatives aspirant, Mrs Aderemi Adebowale, said on Sunday in Epe, Lagos State, that women perform better than men in public office.

She spoke at an event where she formally declared her interest to contest the Epe Federal Constituency seat.

Adebowale said her interest was borne out of the “poor representation” by menfolks, adding “if given the chance I will perform better”.

Adebowale, who is seeking the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), promised quality representation for the area in the National Assembly if given the mandate.

She said apart from empowerment programmes for youths and women, she would also introduce a school support programme for students and a poverty alleviation programmes for the people.

“I am joining the race to add value to the people of Epe and to address the pains and challenges of the people.

“My ultimate goal is to restore power supply in the area through effective and quality representation. I will bring the people together and interact with them so that we can design a blueprint that will meet their needs.

“At a time like this, Epe needs women with Midas touch to revive socio-economic and political activities of the area,” she said.

“What a man can do, a woman can do better. I have served before as an administrator and I can still do better at the Green Chamber.” (NAN)

2019: NCWS urges parties to reduce costs of nomination forms for women


The National President, National Council of Women Societies, Nigeria (NCWS), Mrs. Gloria Shoda on Monday urged political parties to reduce the cost of their nomination forms to enable women participate in the 2019 general elections.

Shoda who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, that the cost of nomination forms was out of the reach of women that are interested in elective position.

The NCWS president said the prices of party nomination forms where high and only few women would be able to afford it, hence she called for government intervention.

“We are praying that the parties allow women emerge as candidates, because with this amount of money I am hearing on the newspapers, I don’t see how women will be able to buy forms.

“How many woman will be able to buy form for N45 million, it is very difficult. So I am begging the government to reduce this money for women.

“I am not saying that the women should not pay at all but they should pay very little money because our pockets are not deep.’’ She said.

She noted that more women were getting interested in politics adding that they should be encourage.

She said that the turnout of women at the last political summit, was an indication.

“The number of women aspirant indicating interest at various level of political offices is very interesting and we need to give them all the support as a council.

“We had an array of aspirant starting from the presidential aspirant to counsellorship aspirant and they were really many and we want to ensure that we will at least produce governors this time,’’ he said.

NAN reports that major parties such as the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Nomination forms cost N45 million, while that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) costs N12 million.

The APC governorship form goes for N22.5 million and that of the PDP costs six million.

NAN also reports that Nigeria Constitution stipulates that no political party nomination for should be more than one million. (NAN)

Ladies, Here is What You Should Know About Vote Buying and How To Not Fall Victim


Electoral Fraud is any form of illegal interferance in the conduct of free and fair elections. Vote Buying and Rigging is one of the most popular forms of electoral fraud in Nigeria. Today, we will discuss vote buyig and how not to fall victim.

Vote buying occurs when a political party or candidate seeks to buy the vote of a voter in an upcoming election. Vote buying can take various forms such as a monetary exchange, as well as an exchange for necessary goods or services.

Obtaining bags of rice and other household goods prior to election is a form of vote buying. Sitting elected leaders also offer early salary and arrears payment as a masked form of vote buying.

In a survey, 58% of Nigerians surveyed at the time of the 2007 election viewed vote buying as immoral. Despite this, when asked if they thought it was wrong to accept rewards or monetary compensation for your vote, 78% said no.

Over time, money has become a major determinant factor in Nigeria’s democracy. The highest bidder emerges winners are voters are none the wiser.

According to Nigeria Electoral Act, 2010, Article 130:

“A person who— (a) corruptly by himself or by any other person at any time after the date of an election has been announced, directly or indirectly gives or provides or pays money to or for any person for the purpose of corruptly influencing that person or any other person to vote or refrain from voting at such election, or on account of such person or any other person having voted or refrained from voting at such election; or (b) being a voter, corruptly accepts or takes money or any other inducement during any of the period stated in paragraph (a) of this section, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of N100,000 or 12 months imprisonment or both.”

Enforcing this law has been an uphill task.

According to Open Democracy , Vote Buying usually occurs during voter registration, candidates nomination and campaign and election day.

The only way to not be involved in vote buying is by asking questions and saying no. As women, we have a huge influence on the electoral decisions of everyone around us. This is the main reason why we have to encourage everyone to ask their potential electoral leaders questions about their policies and what they will do if elected to represent. Say no to vote buying.

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