NAWOJ urges President Tinubu,NASS on women inclusion in Governance
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Members of the 10th National Assembly have urged to consider a ranking female legislator as the Deputy Speaker of the 10th House of Representatives.
This is contained in a statement by the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists NAWOJ in Abuja
According to the statement this will help in fostering gender balancing as well as equitable development as Nigeria marks 2023 democracy day
NAWOJ observes that lack of women inclusion in governance and political participation over the years has remained a weak link in the core values of democracy and which is not a true reflection of the Nigerian democratic dream.
The Association expresses concern that the 10th National Assembly is not gender friendly as it lacks balance with only 17 women representation out of 469 members of both chambers, stressing that the development is worrisome and does not reflect the diversity of the Nigerian society.
The statement further notes that in the spirit of patriotism and building the confidence of women, who are always active participants in the political process, stakeholders and members of the National Assembly should consider and allow a female legislator to emerge as Deputy Speaker in order to give the gender requirement that promotes inclusion.
The Association,however appeals to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to make do his campaign promises of promoting equity and social inclusion at all levels of governance including ensuring adequate representative of women in governance.