FOR sustainable Women development and improved governance Stella Oduah, senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District, has called on Nigeria Women to aspire for leadership positions to enable them participate actively in making decisions that would improve the conditions of women and the nation.
Oduah, who is also the vice chairman of the committee on women affairs, made the charge during the budget defence presentation by the ministry and the National Centre for Women Development, NCWD. She also called on women in leadership positions to carry others along.
“It is, indeed, necessary to incorporate women into governance at all levels. We need to get women involved, we need women at the mainstream sectors, we need to ensure that women feel part of this entity called Nigeria, and if we are to neglect that, the nation as a whole could be handicapped in that very respect because women have innate requisite skills to move the nation forward.
“Sincerely I believe that we should move beyond the stage of empowering women to where women should empower the society. I want all the women in leadership to know that it is our responsibility to unlock women potentials because in no time, women will be our country’s saviour and this is nothing but fact.” Oduah said.
While addressing Onyeka Onwenu, director-general of the NCWD, the senator reiterated the need to make the programmes and trainings all-embracing in practice by including girls/women in the rural areas so that they also could benefit fully and be empowered.
Onwenu briefed the committee on various strategies, plans and programmes targeted at improving the lots of women and the girl-child, and called for the involvement of the ministry
She decried the neglects and sufferings that women are going through in Nigeria due to lack of basic education, self-awareness, basic business/ partisan skills especially in the rural areas and IDP camps.
“Considering the IDPs and the number of orphans that are there, there is no ministry that can take care of them than the Women Affairs. Women are mothers, we are nurturing in nature, so we are supposed to take care of that”,Z Onwenu said
The committee chaired by Oluremi Tinubu, a senator from Lagos State, resolved to improve the cause of Nigerian women and the girl/child by advocating for more funds and recovering missing ones.
Tinubu added that the N123 million appropriated would not be enough to tackle the challenges and programmes that would alleviate the conditions of Nigerian women.
— Feb 22, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT