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Group appeals for more women participation in politics

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By Sunday Gbegbe

A Non Governmental Organisation, Evolving Women In Politics, (EWIP), has appealed for adequate participation, involvement and conducive environment for women in politics.

Mrs Raliat Abdulsalam, Vice President of the women organisation, Abuja branch, , made the call in Abuja at the first ‘Meet and Greet’ conference organised by the group.

The EWIP is an organisation that seeks to mitigate violence against women during elections and encourage participation of women in politics in the country.

The Vice President said that women should register and collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and take advantage of their numerical strength, education and global democratic trend to find a space in politics.

“Get your PVC please, educate all around you, women, children and even men alike because we cannot be here without the men behind us and we must put intelligent men to support us.

“So, educate all around you to register, get your PVC so that your vote will count; If I want to run now, how do I tell myself that EWIP is behind me when 80 or 90 percent of members have no voters card”

“Let’s make a change, we don’t have to carry placards, get your PVC, your voices can be heard without shouting, your appearance is your voice, standing on the line is your voice and supporting someone is your voice,” she said.

Mrs Abdulsalam called on the National Assembly to bring to the fore laws that guarantee women political participation in Nigeria and protect the dignity of women from all forms of violence before, during and after the elections.

However, the Vice President maintained that the participation of more women in the running of affairs of the nation would encourage sound decision-making and national development of the country.

Mrs Hadiza Kolo, the coordinator of the group, said that the organisation was also aimed at sensitising women on the need to participate in politics and the process of voting during elections.

Mrs Kolo called for the implementation of the 35 per cent affirmation for women as contained in the Beijing declaration to encourage women participation in politics.

“Women in politics work across party lines, even in the most politically combative environments, and champion issues such as gender equality and laws that strengthen communities and generations to come.

“An increased number of skilled and knowledgeable women can promote gender equality in leadership roles and decision making in every sector of the economy, and at all levels with adequate support.

“We want political parties to support more women in politics to take up leadership roles to empower them to become an active citizen,” she counseled.

On her part, Mrs Oluwatoyin George-Taylor, a member of the organisation, called on women to participate in politics and not to be discouraged by the challenges associated with elections in the country.

George-Taylor, who is also the MD/CEO JET AGE Energy Solutions Nigeria Ltd, said that every woman needed to be trained to become prospective leaders in the society, adding that massive advocacy and sensitisation could positively influence women participation in politics.

“We are calling on our government, from the national level to the local level to support women in becoming an active part of governance and development of our nation.

“This can also increase the numbers of articulate women who are capable of speaking out, raising women’s demands, and participating in promoting women as agents of change in our present day Nigeria,” she noted.

According to her, it is important to encourage women to support each other in order to individually and collectively work together to achieve gender equality in leadership roles.

She, however, advised government at all levels and organisations to provide and support women with the platforms to voice their opinions and ideas for women’s full and effective participation inGroup Appeals For More Women Participation in Politics.


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Shocker! Kidnappers detain pregnant woman till child birth, keep new baby, set mother free

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A pregnant woman, has allegedly been set free and her baby taking away by kidnappers, after detaining her till the birth of her child, introducing a shocking but gory dimension to what has now become a sort of epidemic in parts of Africa.

Reports coming from Ghana, said the woman, who was identified as Josephine Panyin Mensah, was seized and taken away from her home in Takoradi, when her pregnancy was already due at nine months, but that her abductors only allowed her to go, after she gave birth and her baby taken away.

According to the source, the kidnappers who were interested in the unborn baby bolted with the baby after she had been delivered, adding that family sources indicated that the distraught woman is currently receiving treatment at the Effiankwanta Teaching Hospital.

The victim, was said to have gone missing on Thursday, September 16, after she went for a dawn walk in Takoradi, and that the police immediately swung into action leading a search party for her after a report was made to the by her husband, Michael Simmons.


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Breaking: Davido’s photographer dies

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Davido’s official photographer Fortunate Umunname Peter aka Fortune is dead.

He died three months after the hit maker’s close friend and associate, Habeeb Ademola Uthman aka as Obama DMW passed on.

Davido had also lost his bodyguard of six years, Ogbeide Tijani Olamilekan (Teejay) in 2020.

In 2017, Davido lost two friends and team members, Tagbo and DJ Olu.

Fortune was born and bred in Bariga, Lagos but hailed from Owerri.

He has been working with Davido since 2019.

He was born on July 10, 1997 and started off as a graphics designer before he moved to photography after his aunt, Dr. Harriet, got him his first camera which forced him to move back to Lagos from Owerri.

The exceptional photographer has made portfolios for Davido, Pogba, Popcaan, Lilbaby, Cassanova, Mayorkun, Wizkid, Jidenna, Tiwa Savage, Burna boy, Patoranking, Akon, DMW and many others.

His last Instagram post was on July 10 where he made a birthday post with a caption “Rolling stone +1”


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Breaking: Ex-Kwara gov, Jega, Utomi, Duke, others form third Force ahead 2023 elections

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Ahead of the 2023 general elections, prominent Nigerians have established a third force, Rescue Nigeria Project (RNP), to give Nigerians alternative platform to the All Progressives Congress, APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Founders of RNP include former governor of Kwara state, Ahmed Abdulfatai, Prof. Pat Utomi, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, former Governor of Cross River state, Donald Duke,

Senator Lee Maeba, Usman Bugaje, Prof. Attahiru Jega, Amb. Nkoyo Toyo, Yomi Awoniyi, Dr. Rose Idi Danladi, Dr. Sadiq Gombe among others.

Delivering his keynote address, Abdulfatai lamented the state of the nation, noting that the high level of nepotism and lack of inclusiveness have given rise to agitations by different ethnic groups.

He recalled that in 2015, Nigerians embraced change, adding that today, “that change appears to be what we didn’t expect, as insecurity has taken over the nation.”

He said, “It is based on this that we decided to set up this Rescue Nigeria Project. We want to salvage this country and see how we can fix the mess. We want to set a template and key criteria leaders must have before they can attain any political position.

“Despite the great opportunities of the past, Nigeria has failed to live up to the dreams of its founding fathers and the hopes of successive generations of its citizens.

“Perhaps, at no other time have these failings become more apparent than in the past decade or so.

“In 2015, Nigerians overwhelmingly embraced the promise of change. These hopes have not only been dashed, but they have arguably turned out to be the worst political statements ever to be made in this country. Nigeria today appears set to fulfill all the prophesies of doom.”

He further noted that “Unprecedented nepotism and political exclusion have left the country more divided than ever as evident in the various separatists agitation that are threatening the corporate existence of the country itself.”

Also speaking, Adeniran noted that there is disaster at hand, hence the move to rescue the nation.

He said: “You only rescue when there is disaster and when you fail to rescue during disaster, it is more dangerous.

“We have a disaster in our hands and we need to rescue the country. We need to look back and see how we get here. We know where Nigeria was before now. We know the task is not going to be easy, but we have to determine how to rescue the nation.”

In his opening remarks, the RNP national coordinator, Usman Bugaje, explained that the Rescue Nigeria Project was founded on the premise that the challenges bedeviling the country were largely derived from poor leadership.


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