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    Wednesday, 20 July 2016

    WARDC, Voices-4-Change groom female undergraduates for political offices in Nigeria


    Emmanuel Udom 

    Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center, (WARDC) and Voices-4-Change, determined to close the political gap between male and female politicians in Nigeria, organized a 3-day retreat for young women from tertiary institutions in Lagos state.

    In her welcome address during the opening ceremony of the retreat, on Thursday, held at Ibis Hotel in Ikeja, Lagos, Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Executive Director of WARDC, disclosed that it is unfortunate to note that in Nigeria, women are made up about 50 percent of the estimated 180million people.

    But, regrettably, women are presently occupying less than 10 percent of political positions and offices across the three tiers of government in the country.

    Dr Akiyode-Afolabi however disclosed that her non-governmental organization with supports from  Voices-4-Change, have vowed to  groom women to rise beyond the various obstacles posed by culture and economy which has prevented them from vying for political positions at the local, state and federal levels.

    She further disclosed that the only way to achieve this purpose is for WARDC and Voices-4-change to bring women from tertiary institutions in Nigeria, beginning from Lagos state, to groom them on the nitty-gritty of governance, beyond the home.

    In his submission, Professor Akin Ibidapo-Obe, Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos told the more than 2000 participants at the event made up of female students from various tertiary institutions in Lagos that women politicians should strive in the years ahead to position themselves to be elected into various positions.

    Prof Ibidapo-Obe dwelled into the cultural significant of women and explained that since women are good home managers, it is expected by extension that female politicians will also do fantastic jobs of managing the entire country.

    Mrs Sarah Sosan, former deputy governor of Lagos state in her speech called on women not to suppress the many good virtues God has blessed them with by indulging in petty issues that will add little or no values to their lives.

    She encouraged women, who are aspiring to political positions to be bold and not intimidated by their men folks, saying that with the catch-them-young dream of WARDC and Voices-4-Change, she is optimistic that in the next couple of years, more women will be elected into various political positions in the country.

    The former Lagos state governor however insisted that young women from universities and polytechnics must first and foremost ensure that they get quality education in order not to feel inferior or be intimidated by male politicians.

    “This is the only way more and more women will move from their homes to the political scenes in the years ahead in Nigeria”, she said.
    Our correspondent observed that female students from the University of Lagos, Lagos State University, Aderinan Ogunsanya College of Education and Lagos State Polytechnic, attended the retreat.

    Rolake Shobowale, a second year Economic Student at the University of Lagos told our correspondent during the retreat that she has been fired up to think in the direction of becoming a politician after graduating from the university.

    Her words: “After the retreat when I go back to campus, I am going to use the various social media to enlighten and educate female students across the country on the need to brace up for various political positions in the nearest future”  

    Miss Enobong Akpan, who is reading Guardian and Counseling at the Aderinan Ogunsanya College of Education in Ijanikin poured encomiums on the organizers of the event and promised to, further spread the gospel of more women participation in politics at various levels in the country.

    She argued that since male politicians have failed Nigerians, it is time for the electorate to consider electing female politicians to become our president, governor, president of the senate and speaker of the House of Representatives, among other juicy political positions.  

       

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