The League of Women Voters of Nigeria (NILOWV) has called for more women inclusion in leadership positions in the country especially in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The call was made when the NILOWV FCT Chairperson, Chief Mrs Marie Enegwea and her Executives visited the Sa’peyi of Garki, FCT Abuja on Friday.
She stressed that the low number of women in leadership positions in the country is worrisome.
She said: “Presently in our country, the national assembly has a total of 469 lawmakers elected from all 36 states of the federation and the federal capital territory. Of the lot, only 18 are women; seven in the Senate and 11 in the House of Representatives, in a country of about 200 million people. This low number indicates a worrisome decline in women participation in politics and leadership positions.”
In his response, the Sa’peyi of Garki HRH Usman Nga Kupi commended the league for looking into the challenges of women in the area of governance.
He noted that “women carry a larger share of the population and actually they are lagging behind as a result of custom. But, education and westernization have come we now have a paradigm shift.”
He, however, advised that the league should also take the enlightenment to the womenfolk to always support women.
He assured that he would liaise with men and youths not to hinder women anymore in getting to leadership positions.
According to him, Women are more trustworthy and it is ideal to allow them to partake in governance.
In conclusion, he made a commitment by signing a commitment form which shows and indicate his readiness and willingness to support the League in achieving her aims and objectives.