2015: NOA SEEKS PARTICIPATION OF MORE WOMEN IN POLITICS.
Ahead of the 2015 general election, the national orientation Agency (NOA) has advocated for the participation of more women in the politics of the country to ensure a more stable country.The Agency made this call while staging a National workshop on Promoting Women Political Empowerment, for Peace and Security in Nigeria which held in Asaba, delta state
Director General of NOA, Mr. Mike Omeri regretted dismal performance of women in politics in recent time, saying that it is on this note that NOA deemed it fit at this “auspicious time” in the history of our democracy to organize this national workshop aimed at creating “much needed awareness to promote women participation.”
“Nigeria is blessed with brilliant, resourceful intelligent women. Therefore, the nations needs your wealth of knowledge and experience to further consolidate and sustain our democracy,” Omeri said.Omeri noted that the stability of any nation depends on both vertical and horizontal balance in the society.
Declaring the workshop open, the Gov. of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan represented by his deputy, professor Amos Utuama stressed that the workshop is vital towards empowering women, saying that all Nigerians have the right to take part in politics.
Dr. Uduaghan however blamed what he called “cultural and religious constraints” as impediments standing in the way of women to “realize their full potentials at all level of political participation in Nigeria.” He also lamented that inspite of the constitutional provisions that guarantee freedom of equal participation in politics, the country is still bedeviled with religious and cultural biases against women.
In his own contribution, the Asagba of Asaba, HRM, Obi (Prof.) Joseph Edozien, CFR, commended the Agency for organizing “this important workshop”, noting that the nation can not afford to neglect about 50 percent of it’s population in the scheme of affairs and expect to succeed.
He called for concerted efforts to remove obstacles against women which included preventing girl child education, force early marriage among others. He further said these obstacles had created psychological and emotional impediments for women in the society.
Other keynote addresses were delivered by representatives of Chairman of Sure-P Implementation Committee, Hon. Min of Aviation, Hon. Min of Women Affairs. The workshop had in attendance former majority leader of the House of Reps, Hon. Mohammed Wakil, the commissioner for MDG in delta, Queen Mother Victoria ikechukwu, representative of the wife of governor of kaduna state and the national president of national council for women society, mrs nkechi Mba.