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Activists want more women in governance

Women’s right activists have pledged to continue to advocate and fight for the constitutional rights and privileges of women in Nigeria to enable them to utilize their capacity and contribute to national development. They made pledge at an event they organized to celebrate the Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria and Gender Activist Mrs. Ene Obi as she clocks 60 years in Abuja A veteran Journalists, Mrs. Moji Makanjuola and a leading Gender Activist, Mrs. Ene Ede both extol the contribution of the celebrant to the fight for women’s rights. They urged other women to continue to demand for their civic and social rights. Similarly, the Chief of Staff to Deputy Senate President, Mr Otive Igbuzor, decried the continuous marginalization of women especially in the political space. The Celebrant, Mrs. Ene Obi, appreciated the organizers for the love and recognition and appealed to Nigerians to stand for the survival of the country through the establishment of equality and inclusion in all aspects of development. “Women represent about 50% of the population and they cannot push them aside. You have some houses of assembly where there is no woman. It is not only to have inclusion of women but also have people with disability in the helms of affairs in this country. We need to identify diversity and be able to live it,” she said. Mrs. Obi also called on the National Assembly and other stakeholders to understudy the various gender bills and make it right by women as important components of the nation’s political and governance systems Reporting by Azzizatu Sani; Editing by Chinasa Ossai & Annabel Nwachukwu