The Speaker House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, has given an assurance to address hindrance to 30 per cent representation of women in government, saying some of the provisions in 1999 Constitution would have to be amended.
The Speaker, Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha Buhari, Governors of Lagos State, Kwara and Ogun States, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Abdulrahman Adbulrasak and Prince Dapo Abiodun, respectively, have said that Nigeria’s quest for true development and a better society would be difficult to attain if women were not critical element of the process.
The remarks were given on Tuesday in Lagos at the opening ceremony of the 2019 National Women’s Conference of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO).
Aside stating that women are an integral part of the success of any nation as they are necessary partner in nation building, Gbajabiamila said the aspiration of having 30 per cent women representation in government would not come to reality except certain constitutional impediments are removed.
He identified federal character clause in the Constitution as one of them. He nonetheless promised to help in actualising the goal of having 30 per cent women in government.
The wife of the president on her part maintained that the wives of political office holders have become louder in calling for change, empowering people and ensuring positive impact.
She told the participants of the conference that as women they have a duty to raise better Nigerians, adding that many Nigerians, especially women need their voice to be protected.
Sanwo-Olu implored women to help in propagating the act of recycling that the state is championing.
“A lot of the success of the implementation of this agenda will depend on you, and on the level of support that you extend to the vision. As primary managers of the domestic front and its resources, the choices and decisions that you make can go a long way towards advancing the ideas and ideals that we seek to associate with the Lagos of the future.
“Let’s take the example of waste management, which falls under the Health and Environment Pillar of our Agenda. We all know the challenges that Lagos faces in terms of dealing with the waste it generates, and we also know the implications of this in terms of everything from city aesthetics to flooding to healthcare.
“To this end, our administration, through the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) is introducing an innovative solution that prioritizes the sorting of waste at the point of generation, which in many cases is the home. Proper waste sorting in our homes goes a long way towards reducing the burdens that accumulate on the municipal waste management system down the line.
“Our drive to encourage the re-use and recycling of materials is a campaign that needs to be driven right from the home front. We must enlist our children from very early on in their lives. It is of course not a task for women alone; even as we highlight the roles of women, it is very important to make it clear that men have equally important roles to play in helping to drive the campaign”, he said.
Sanwo-Olu’s wife said women must strategically position themselves to take full benefit of the programmes of government.
“To unlearn means to do away with habits that are outdated and as well jettison practices that are against public good and public safety.
“In this 21st Century, women must also embrace new ideas and new innovations to be relevant. Women must learn to think outside the box and even go a step further to think without the box, to fit into the modern society”, she said.
Abiodun said concerted efforts must be made to ensure Nigeria culture lay emphasis on learning, relearning and unlearning.
Abdulrazak charged women to work collectively to help each other.
For a better society