Friday, 24 February 2017

JDPC makes case for a female President of Nigeria

Afam Chimezie

The Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), Archdiocese of Onitsha has urged the country to give women chance to rule as President, insisting that men-folk have failed to address the yearning of masses.

JDPC stated this at the end of its one day seminar held at Awka, the Anambra State capital, to sensitize women on their social role aimed at improving their participation in politics.

Various speakers at the forum enumerated obstacles militating against increased women participation in elective positions.
Igwe Okaa George Onwuogu, traditional ruler of Nawgu,Dunukofia Local Government Area who favoured women’s active role in politics encouraged them to take-up sensitive positions in both the community and the state.
The traditional ruler remarked that a favourable percentage of women had in the past attracted honour to women folk by carrying- out their duties conscientiously with diligence. 
The community leader who called for a female president for the country noted that women should be encouraged to attain the presidency of Nigeria as all the past and current male presidents so far recorded have failed the country.
Another participant and traditional ruler of Umueje, Ayamelum Local Government Area of the state, Igwe Nneli observed that lack of funds was a major obstacle against increased women involvement in elective positions in Nigeria.
He, however, canvassed for a common pool where resources could be pooled together for the purpose of sponsorship of women in politics .
In a remark, a medical practitioner and President- General, Atani Community, Dr. Chukwunwike Okwuosa advised women to take advantage of programmes provided by the state government to go for ante-natal while experiencing pregnancy in order to prevent complications or sudden death.
He regretted that some government hospitals in the state were sabotaging government policies and programmes aimed at improving health care services for children and women.
 A former governor of the state, Virgy Etiaba who blamed lack of funds as a reason for women’s inadequate representation in elective positions in Nigeria, however, urged women to acquire education before aspiring to venture into politics, stressing that lack of education was a major barrier against women participation in Nigerian politics.
High point of the occasion was the presentation of a charter of demand by Idikacho-Women in Governance (I-WIG) Network to participants.     
JDPC in partnership with Voice to the People (V2P) have been championing the cause of social justice and women empowerment within the Onitsha Catholic Archdiocese and beyond.

Last Wednesday exercise which was held at King David Hotel, Awka in collaboration with Idikacho-Women in Governance (I-WIG) Network highlighted on various ways in which women in Anambra State could benefit and be encouraged to contribute their quota in community and political development of their state.



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