If Nigeria’s democratic system must speedily evolve into an efficient tool for meeting the governance needs of the people, Nigerian women should neither be excluded nor neglected at any level of democratic enterprise.
This was the position of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) at a one-day roundtable on Promoting Women Political Empowerment, Peace and Security organized by the Agency in Karu, Abuja on Thursday.
In an address at the roundtable, the Director General of NOA, Mr. Mike Omeri said that as the country marches towards 2015 General Elections, Nigerians earnestly desire more active involvement by Nigerian women at the three level of government. He therefore called on women to take a bold step to surmount all obstacles standing against their emergence as key leaders at all levels of the democratic process and governance.
Omeri attributed what he described as “the dismal performance of women in politics” to their apathy to political party involvement, the socialization process, as well as customs and traditions that restrict women to private domain. He identified other limiting factors as lack of internal democracy in political parties, monetization of politics, zoning and administrative fiats.
“I wish to urge you to register as members of any political party of your choice in order to have legitimacy to neutralize negative perceptions against female politicians, add quality to governance and enhance opportunity for party patronage and benefits”, said the NOA Director General.